Crawling under your covers, with a bowl of treats, snuggled to watch a movie; the excitement of what to watch, the anticipation of what the twist of the story may be… an all-time favourite for all! With times like this, more time spent at home, and simply having the need to switch off from the outside world, what better way than to watch films!
Although we tend to regard movies as merely audio-visual experiences, in fact, they trigger our other senses too. When watching a movie, you can often feel that you are familiar with what you see; when they have their drink of coffee, you can relate to the taste of it, when they see a burning fire, you can almost smell it, or when it is raining, you can feel the droplets falling onto your skin. Perfume similarly coincides with this. A spray, a sniff of perfume can also trigger your memory and your emotions like films.
We are easily manipulated by scent, and it plays a crucial role in our lives. Perfume has even allured and seduced great filmmakers who have then transferred the art of perfume onto the centre stage of Hollywood films!
It's time you upgrade your film choice with our favourite 3, must-watch perfume-related classics!
1) Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Tom Tykwer (2006)
An unnerving, shiver worthy dramatic, crime thriller, that is definitely a must see for all perfume lovers. Perfume takes the role as a key protagonist supporting Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, a man who is born with a superhuman sense of smell who, whilst creating incredible talent, also creates alienation and reveals a dark intoxicating world of passion and obsession. The story shines the light onto olfactory talent, yet with an underlying angle of an extreme dangerous attraction, and how it alters one's perception of the fine art of perfumery.
Although tempting to reveal more about this intriguingly enigmatic and grotesque tale, we will leave it to you to watch- no more spoilers!
2) Scent of a Woman by Martin Brest (1992)
Definitely a classic that should be near the top of your pile to watch!
Despite the title, perfume or scent does not actually have much of a role, and instead acts as a critical window, a pathway for the viewers into the life of a blind man. A heart-warming yet rather intense storyline of a young student who takes the job as an assistant to a blind, medically retired army officer, played by Al Pacino. The story unveils the importance of senses, and specifically scent, woven throughout the events of the movie, as Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade, without the ability of memorising faces, shares his talent of remembering and recognising scents, especially of the women he meets in his life… A touching drama that is loved by perfume lovers, unravels the importance and the magical powers of scent!
3) Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky by Jan Kounen (2009)
There aren’t many interesting and prominent films about fashion designers, nor about European fragrance houses, yet out of the pile, this romantic drama has definitely reserved itself as one to watch. An undeniably beautiful film that will transport you into the heart of France in 1920, disclosing the secrets of the most notable women’s designers of the time, Coco Chanel. The story tells the events of her rumoured affair with Igor Stravinsky, inspired by love and consumed with passion. Set on the launch date of her first fragrance Chanel No.5, this film is a must-watch for anyone who is an admirer of Chanel or her perfumes! Have a watch and you’ll thank us later!