It’s not the cozy scent of a soul-warming hearth, Mr. Kurkdjian said, but a cold, marble fireplace after the flame has been extinguished. The soot and ash left behind is meant to help the audience “feel the sourness” of a conversation between a son and his father, whose sins this son disclosed to the entire family.
— Perfumer Francis Kurkdjian scents a movie. Read more at What’s That Smell? It’s ‘Festen,’ a Play and Film With Aroma at the New York Times.