The pleasures of food, of the erotic, of family – form the very fabric of our emotional lives. And smell is anessential emotional trigger. There is more truth to call our sense of smell our sense of desire because it springs our passions. Smell moves us, subliminally and profoundly. It moves us to act and do things we are wholly unaware of. It enriches our lives, gives us with unspeakable joys. All along this feature-length documentary, central storylines take us into the world of smell. Many of them have the suspense, death-defying risk and insanity of an ultimate quest while others, are moments of pure poetry.
Filmed in five countries, this documentary takes us on an artistic journey through the lens of Kim Nguyen, nominee at the 2013 Oscars in the best foreign film category for War Witch. He integrates beauty, taste and poetry into the film, to the point where we can feel the inner sense of The Empire of Scents.