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January 04, 2007

Watch Perfume The Movie: Its Every Startup Entrepreneurs Dream

posted by MR WAVETHEORY at 1/04/2007 10:44:00 AM
A few days ago, I sneaked into a sneak preview of Perfume: The Movie after finding out from one of the cleaners that the theatre had a screening. (It's amazing what type of information you can get from the cleaning crew!) It was total serendipity. If you've ever been to a screening, you know that they like to hold it during the week when the theatres are far from full and less than empty. Even for the screening, the theatre was about 70% capacity. Since it was Tuesday, you can't blame them.

The movie is about an orphaned boy who grows up dirt poor in the ghettos of Paris and is born with the talent of a very good nose. (If he were born in the twenty first century, he probably would have been a tech startup entrepreneur.) Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is sold into indentured servitude when he is born. His job is to tan leather and he works his ass off, but he gets his lucky break one day when he meets his benefactor, a successful old parfumier (played by Dustin Hoffman) and impresses him so much that old Dustin buys him out of servitude.

Old Dustin has gotten rusty and complacent with success and old age - he is outshown by the hot parfumier in town, but with the help of the young apprentice, he regains his stature as the best parfumier in Paris. Of course, Grenouille has his own dreams - to produce the best perfume ever known to man. And that is when the movie gets interesting, because like every entrepreneur, he goes on a quest to discover the secret sauce for his perfume. In his case, his secret sauce: young women. He becomes obsessed with capturing the irresistible but elusive aroma of young womanhood and things turns deadly -twelve young girls are found murdered. His ultimate prize is the daughter of a wealthy baron.

Perfume is a scary movie. It's also a European movie. If you watch the movie in America, I'm sure you'll hear alot of giggles at the end of the movie like I did, when there is some gratuitous nudity and public displays of affection. You've got to love the French and their free spirit for squeezing that in right at the end, but that's what you get when in a French movie! (Note the shape of of the perfume bottle. I've never seen a perfume bottle shaped like that and there couldn't be a more obvious fallic symbol!)

In any case, while Perfume does get freaky, it captures the essence of what it means to be an entrepreneur - the struggle, the discovery, the recognition from creating something the world will enjoy. If you have a dream, then you'll love watching Perfume.

Watch the trailer.



Update: Just found out that it's directed by the director of Run Lola Run.

Perfume: The Movie Website
Perfume: The Movie Trailer at Yahoo

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