I got hyper productive and kicked off the Spring cleaning by washing all of my windows, which is not my favourite thing to do at all, but necessary. Craig mowed the lawns, we both hit the garden (and the whiskey!) and the kids enjoyed a little Frisbee in the late afternoons.
Now that daylight savings time has arrived, that extra hour of daylight affords the most wondrous afternoon kick backs on the deck with a drink in hand and our fave tunes on the stereo, and you can't help but feel like life is good in every way. And the night skies, just wow really. So clear and infinite, one of the real perks of living out of town is definitely the Spring/Summer evenings that offer a chance for midnight marvels and dusky delights.
Time is really starting to amp up now, with everything building up momentum from now until Christmas. Zoe sits upon the precipice of her VCE exams, and the realisation that soon she will be an adult and all of the extra responsibilities that come with that; not easy growing up as I recall. And judging by the fact that Zoe seems to be supremely stressed out, I'd say all of the realities are weighing heavily upon her mind. These are all transitional, but painful to watch as a parent because it also hales the inevitability that soon your little darling won't be around as much anymore. Horror! Hard to imagine, and a reality that I have not come to terms with yet at all....lets just pop that one aside for another day.
THE STORY OF A MURDERER
Release Date: 2006
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 147 mins
German director Tom Tykwer, best known for Run Lola Run and more recently Cloud Atlas, won great acclaim and 15 different cinematic awards off the back of his period drama Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. And I can see why, this movie is both visually appealing and completely intriguing; and a brilliant adaptation of the book Das Parfum by Patrick Susskind.
Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born in the filthy squalor of the 18th century Parisian streets. Born without any body scent himself, he is highly attuned to the smells of the world around him, able to discern odours that others cannot even detect. He creates the most luscious perfumes ever smelt, however his lust for the most perfect scent takes Jean-Baptiste on a very dark journey indeed.
Ben Whishaw is tremendous as Jean-Baptiste, mesmerising and convincingly obsessed with his olfactory senses. Dustin Hoffman and Alan Rickman offer strong support roles and Rachel Hurd-Wood is insanely stunning as the red-haired beauty Laura Richis.
This is pretty dark stuff, but I was completely moved in every way by this movie. It is a sensual and disturbing romp that may not be to everyone's liking, but I adored it.
FINAL SAY: A must smell!
4.5 Chili Peppers