The Loft Cinema Tucson, AZ


John G. Hildebrand

University of Arizona Regents Professor of Neuroscience

Perfumes (Les Parfums)— [ONLINE] The secrets of scent

In this free virtual event, neuroscientist John G. Hildebrand discusses the unexpected and surprising ways in which olfaction—the sense of smell—influences the behavior of animals, from bugs to humans. Part of the 2021 National Evening of Science on Screen.

The Loft Cinema Tucson, AZ

Film Synopsis

A talented and temperamental creator of world-class perfumes begins having trouble with her sense of smell, leading her to seek help from an unlikely source in order to restart her esteemed career as a "professional nose."

In this charmingly fragrant French comedy/drama, a talented and temperamental creator of world-class perfumes is forced to team up with her new driver to keep her career smelling pretty when she falls on hard times.

Guillaume (Grégory Montel, Thirst for Life), a professional chauffeur trying to gain custody of his daughter after a recent divorce, lands a new job driving for the haughty diva Anne Walberg (Emmanuelle Devos, Coco Before Chanel), a master perfumer having trouble with her sense of smell. Walberg is a fallen star who once ruled the world of high class fragrances, but whose olfactory talents are now expended on recreating the odor of a prehistoric cave for a replica construction, masking a factory’s foul-smelling emissions, and creating deodorants. She’s withdrawn, impossibly demanding, obsessed with her work, and in denial about her loneliness. After initially antagonistic skirmishes between the odd-couple, a budding friendship teaches both how to mend their lives. An enchanting comedy with reflective commentary on social class and vocation, Perfumes also provides fascinating insight into the mysterious world of a “professional nose.”

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