Scent of a Woman tells the story of blind retired Lt. Colonel Frank Slade (Al Pacino) who hires a young guardian (Chris O’ Donnell) to assist him over his Thanksgiving weekend plan in New York – a weekend that changed both of their lives forever.
I’ve seen this film for several times now and seeing it again does not lose its effect on me. Pacino’s amazing performance (which gave him his first Oscar) is just beyond. This was a cinematic performance at its best. Singular. Perfect.
The premise of the film may not offer that much but each scene from the actors led by Pacino created a dynamic cinematic performance. O’ Donnell’s fresh take as a young and naive student who struggles to find his voice was the perfect partner for Pacino. This film delivers a heart-warming rendition of stature, family and life as we know it.
Director: Martin Brest
Starring: Al Pacino, Chris O’ Donnell, James Rebhorn, Gabrielle Anwar, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Based on Il buio e il miele by Giovanni Arpino