Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

know that I am puzzled, mesmerized, horrified, and fascinated by it. I’m also very much conflicted, which is why I have decided not to merely review the film. Is it a marvel or is it a mess? Perhaps it can be both.

What follows is my attempt to think my way through a few aspects of the film that stuck out to me. Like most of my posts that aren’t reviews, this post contains spoilers, so don’t read it if that is an issue for you. If you haven’t seen the film, but want to read this post anyway, allow me to direct you to the wiki plot summary so that you can get your bearings.

Also, I have virtually no knowledge at all of the Patrick Suskind novel on which the movie is based. I know that there are many who love the novel and that, before Tykwer’s film was made, many deemed it more or less impossible to adapt. It is possible that familiarity with Suskind’s work would help to clear up some of what I discuss below; but, as I’ve said before, films should also be able to stand up on their own.

The Sense of Smell
As strange as Perfume is, perhaps one of the strangest (and most fascinating) things about it is its overarching interest in the sense of smell. Tykwer’s film discusses smell, and it places scent and smell firmly at its forefront. But the film does much more than just discuss scents and the sense of smell in an abstract way; it also comes as close as it possibly can to rendering scent visible.

Because scent is more or less invisible and is totally silent, the sense of smell is simply not one that films typically seek to engage. Why films usually ignore the olfactory system of their viewers is understandable, but Perfume challenges their tendency to do so. By featuring the sense of smell as it does, by using the visual to evoke scent powerfully, and by strongly impacting viewers, the film almost seems to tap into some secret power that was apparently there for filmmakers to engage with all along.

The fact that scent is typically ignored by cinema is hardly the only reason that its presence and efficacy are important to Perfume. While the film is interested in asserting the general power of scent as well as the fact that it’s virtually everywhere, it also aims to investigate and to reveal what it is that makes scent unique and fascinating.


Matobato: Lier or Truth teller!?

57-year-old Edgar Matobato appeared twice before partisan senators who grilled him and tried to assert that his shocking revelations about the infamous Davao Death Squad (DDS) and President Rodrigo Duterte were too incredible to be true.

Practically illiterate after completing only Grade 1 many decades ago, he was made to look stupid and inconsistent in his narration of what he knew. The son of a forest ranger who planted coffee and corn to support his family, the short, stocky Edgar with streaks of silver hair showed little traces of a man who had witnessed and even participated in the killing of hundreds of people – many of them criminals who were a menace to Davao.

They were drug pushers, snatchers, hold-uppers, land-grabbers, and they all deserved to die, he thought. Edgar took pride in his job.

He says his was among the names listed under Davao city hall’s civil security unit (CSU), which watched over markets, schools, and terminals to keep them safe – even if his job was nowhere near that.

Extrajudicial killing

An extrajudicial killing is the killing of a person by governmental authorities without the sanction of any judicial proceeding or legal process. Extrajudicial punishments are mostly seen by humanity to be unethical, since they bypass the due process of the legal jurisdiction in which they occur.
And it happen this in our beloved country.

5 Steps To A Perfect Apology

Step 1. Take Responsibility

Know that if someone is upset with you, it is very likely for a good reason. Take the time to reflect on what you might have done to upset them consciously or unconsciously. If you haven’t done anything wrong, then don’t apologize, if you have, proceed to step two.

Step 2. Apologize Immediately

If you have done something inappropriate, don’t hang around trying to justify your position in your mind. Let the other person know immediately that you didn’t mean to upset them. Ideally, doing this face-to-face is most powerful or by phone if they live far away. Avoid doing it in an email or through your Facebook page!

Step 3. Acknowledge They Are Upset

Be really clear what it is exactly that you are sorry about. Acknowledge how your lack of awareness has upset them. If you need to explain yourself, only do it to show that you didn’t mean to upset them, not to bring out the pity card, to make yourself feel better or to wiggle yourself out of making the apology.

Step 4. Ask Forgiveness

When you ask forgiveness, let them know that you will not do it again. If they do accept your apology, say thank you and move on.

Step 5. Forgive yourself

If they don’t accept your apology, then there is nothing more you can do. Whether they do or don’t, you must let it go at that point as guilt is only going to harm you internally, so forgive yourself.

Then Finished.

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