The Smell of Reality
(The Perfume — The Story of a Murderer, Tom Tykwer, 2006)
In a comparative analysis
of the literary and film presentation of Jean-Baptiste
Grenouille, the protagonist of The Perfume, the
author refers to two completely different (and not always
consistent) interpretations of the source of the artistic
genius by Süskind and Tykwer.
Incorporating the film interpretation
into Lacan’s (and Kristeva’s) theories on psychosexual
development, the author places the silence art of P/perfume
between the Real and the Symbolic. She also tackles gender
and cultural stereotypes that Tykwer’s film relies on.