Monday, April 28, 2014

The Nose - Searching for Blamage

The Nose - Searching for Blamage is a fascinating documentary about perfumer Alessandro Gualtieri and his creative process for the final fragrance in his Nasomatto line. The fragrance was coined "Blamage" even before it was created, and the tongue-in-cheek name stems from the idea that many successful fragrances are the fortunate byproducts of mistakes. Hubs and I watched this film on Sunday at the Hot Docs Film Festival and let's just say director Paul Rigter really succeeded in awakening the audience's sense of smell while watching this film.

After the screening, the audience was treated to a brief Q&A with the director and the perfumer himself!

One member of the audience won a prize. :)

After the Q&A, Hubs and I chatted briefly with Alessandro... and he even sniffed us! I was oddly excited about this. :P

Overall, I really enjoyed this film. I thought it was fun, lighthearted, humorous, interesting, and thoroughly entertaining. Hubs loved it too, but then again, he loves anything to do with scents. The Nose - Searching for Blamage runs for a mere 53 minutes, and there is a nice short film called The Fish Tamer (23 minutes) that precedes it. If you are interested, there is one more screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Sat May 3 at 1pm and advance tickets are still available. Oh, and just a heads up to anyone with scent allergies or sensitivities: there are little handkerchiefs passed around before the film that are sprayed with quite a strong fragrance. If you've seen this film or are planning to watch it, please let me know! :)

Note: I purchased tickets to this film.


  1. Aw such an amazing experience! The handkerchiefs are an interesting aspect :)

    1. it was so much fun!! i was pleasantly surprised. :)

  2. I would have totally enjoyed that film! I love films like that!
    My friend had her movie win Audience Favourite at Hot Docsthis year actually! The movie is called "The Backwards Class" and I cannot wait to see it!

    1. i read about the winning film!! congrats to your friend. documentaries are my favourite... real life is so interesting. :)

  3. Finally we are releasing our perfume documentary through Vimeo On Demand! Here it is to watch, comment and (please) share...

    More info:

    (Sorry for the folks in Netherlands, Poland and Scandinavia, we are not permitted to release the film to you...)


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