What a strange film! What an intriguing character. The idea that you can be obsessed enough about something beautiful to kill, but not to love, is a concept I haven't seen dealt with in other movies. I thought his acting was fabulous and creepy as hell.
I think one of the things that makes the character so creepy is that he didn't actually need to kill to do his work, but he was so motivated by the need to create and capture scent that he couldn't handle any delay in getting it. It was easier for him to just kill a woman, do his work, and dump the body, than to try and convince her to let him do his work. He tried once with the prostitute, but he didn't have the social skills to convince her to do it. He could have been totally non-threatening, but he didn't care to be so. He didn't get joy out of killing, at it was completely unnecessary to him, but it was the easiest way.
comments by Andy