Drama/Comedy | French with English subtitles | 100 minutes
Guillaume Favre, a divorced father, is informed he must find a larger apartment if he’s to have shared custody of his teenage daughter. Employed as a chauffeur, he is assigned to a new client, a gifted perfumer, Anne Walberg. Anne is bossy, difficult, and displays the arrogance of a highly-successful perfumer. Guillaume needs the money so he tolerates her. Suddenly, Anne loses her sense of smell. By now, Guillaume has acquired a talent for detecting smells and offers to help Anne by serving as her “nose.” However,overcome by her loss of smell, Anne overdoses with sleeping pills. Guillaume finds Anne near death and speeds her to a hospital.This saves Anne but Guillaume is fired because he was caught speeding. Anne appeals to Guillaume’s boss to rehire him, but the job he’s offered is demeaning. So, with Guillaume serving as Anne’s “nose” they formulate a new perfume. Together, they enter Dior headquarters to make their pitch.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
- 75th Venice Film Festival, Winner, Golden Lion
- Ten Academy Award Nominations. Winner: Best Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón), Best Cinematographer (Alfonso Cuarón)
- Festivals: Venice, Telluride, Toronto, New York
Best Film of 2018: Time Magazine and The New York Film Critics Circle
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The most interesting thing about this film is its well-researched glimpse into the smell business, a multibillion-dollar industry that spans the designing of high-end perfumes for the fashion houses. The attention to detail adds a welcome layer of complexity, which will entice you to visit the perfume department at Galeries Lafayette.
A feel-good tale of friendship with a fragrant and very French backdrop.
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