Fri, Dec 08, 2006 - Page 16 News List

'Perfume' not as sweet as might be

A whiff of moralizing undermines Tom Tykwer's luscious production of the best-selling novel

By Martin Williams  /  STAFF REPORTER

In the end, however, a tweaking of the book's tone provides the anti-hero with what seems to be a whiff of redemption, something that many of the book's fans might find hard to forgive. But, fragrant with scenes of psychopathy and occasionally thrilling camerawork, most will be forgiving, even if the grand guignol fate of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is presented without the shocking gore of his birth.

The film is screening in Taiwan with a restricted rating but without cuts. Tykwer is co-director of Paris, je t'aime, which is also on limited release.

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