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Madame Sousatzka (1988)

Some years ago I read on a perfume forum an interesting fact about the scene above, featuring Shirley MacLaine sitting at her vanity: a bottle of Guerlain Mitsouko appeared in it. I had never watched this film before, so I couldn’t tell if the rumour was true. Now I can tell that it’s not!

No Mitsouko in sight but a floral box with rounded edges, containing Madame Rochas by Rochas! Too bad the box doesn’t reveal its content.

I love this choice. The name of the perfume echoes the title of the film; plus the white floral fragrance (created by Guy Robert and launched in 1960) suits the flamboyant yet melancholic protagonist.