7.1.07

光影筆記本/Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Can you remember a scent? You do, therefore you can describe it. You learn about what a smell is, then you show you like or dislike it when you experience it again, don't you?

But to preserve it is another thing. The antihero of this story goes on a quest for a way to do that. Heartlessly. He does not buy that some things just go away, as scents are evanescent.

It is pretty much a satire.


Visual and exciting is the film, (gorgeous girls, careful details of historical settings, etc) Director Tom Tykwer nearly is successful in using images to arouse the audience' other senses. He previously directed 'Lola rennt', which interestingly deals with the motif of time.

Inhaling bliss, anyone? Ever thought about the essence of a stone? I now even doubt if photos are a way to preserve what I see...

4 comments:

zeepei said...

i think it's our very personal experience and memory how we perserve the great things in life, and what do you say? Bonne Anne!

wanyu said...

isn't that more consumptive than anything, though?

but i know what you mean...

i'm upset that after the film i still do not know what the red-haired girl smells like.. it takes imagination to tell... i feel awed... just imagine if you were the starting point of something extraordinary...

wai chan said...

I'm the kind of person who relates more to sounds and smells than images (like the ones found in photographs). A scent for example, takes me back to a direct experience and triggers the memory associated with it. Photographs on the other hand are only taken from the point of view of a little machine that manages to capture images in a split second, something that I, with my bare eyes, am likely to miss.

impermissiblewanyü said...

wai chan,

interesting. last night i thought about the temperature of an object, say, that of a person you adore.

this is something unpreservable too. most of the time also unfelt, because of the distance, sadly.