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The Empire of the Scents

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Kim Nguyen 2014

The pleasures of food, of the erotic, of family – form the very fabric of our emotional lives. And smell is an essential emotional trigger. There is more truth to call our sense of smell our sense of desire because it springs our passions. Smell moves us, subliminally and profoundly. It moves us to act and do things we are wholly unaware of. It enriches our lives, gives us with unspeakable joys. Astronaut Chris Hadfield describes the smell of space, food molecule expert François Chartier talks about the sound of flavors, and Guido, a metaphysical perfumer who has created the scent of a woman, explains how his perfume came into being.


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Running Time: 52 min.
Subject(s): Anthropology, Creative, Food, Health, Science
Language(s): English, French
Director(s):
Producer(s): Lucie Tremblay
Cinematographer: Nicolas Fransolet
Editor(s): Vidal Béïque
Production Company: Les développements audiovisuels Lowik (Lowik Média 2008 inc.)

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  • In the end, the quest to put into words something so elusive provides The Empire of Scents with an intriguing element of mystery.
    T’Cha Dunlevy, MONTREAL GAZETTE

Festival & Awards

  • THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL - 2015
  • PLANETE DOC FILM FESTIVAL - 2015
  • OPENING FILM RIDM - 2014

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  • It is through our sense of smell that we feel, lust and create and yet we know almost nothing about this most direct of our senses. This unique film embarks on a kaleidoscopic portrait of what is the sense of smell, exploring the rarest of saffrons, exotic perfumes, follows Italian truffle hunters as they explain the aphrodisiac powers of the praised mushroom. Astronaut Chris Hadfield describes the smell of space, food molecule expert François Chartier talks about the sound of flavors, and Guido, a metaphysical perfumer who has created the scent of a woman, explains how his perfume came to be. The film also talks about whale poop, also known as ambergris, the rare and expensive substance that gives perfumes their seductive animalistic odor. Yes, it is all about smell, but also about life.

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