MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 87 this week

Perfume (2001)

R  |   |  Drama  |  26 January 2001 (USA)
3.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 3.6/10 from 731 users  
Reviews: 19 user | 8 critic

A week in the lives of a group of models, photographers, agents, reporters, publicists and other characters during a wild modeling show in New York City.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 27 Sep 2011
 
a list of 493 titles
created 01 Jan 2012
 
a list of 8 titles
created 21 Feb 2013
 
a list of 3 titles
created 06 Mar 2014
 
a list of 58 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Perfume" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Perfume (2001)

Perfume (2001) on IMDb 3.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Perfume.
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Perfume I (2010)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Choices all through our lives are never easy and smooth-sailing. A dramatic story about the growing up of a little girl who struggled through the hiccups in her life. The obstacles she ... See full summary »

Director: Yang Li
Stars: Jingyao Jiang, JingYao Jiang, Star LI
Crime | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent.

Director: Tom Tykwer
Stars: Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Dan Kay
Stars: Brad Beyer, Morena Baccarin, Jordan Gelber
Winter Solstice I (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In this suburban drama, a widower (played by Anthony LaPaglia) confronts his older son's (played by Aaron Stanford) decision to leave home and his younger son's self-destructive behavior.

Director: Josh Sternfeld
Stars: Anthony LaPaglia, Aaron Stanford, Mark Webber
A Hole in One (2004)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

When her brother Bobby returns from World War II mentally damaged, Anna has to deal with her parents who don't aknowledge her brother's existence, who is now brought to a mental hospital. ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Ledes
Stars: Michelle Williams, Meat Loaf, Tim Guinee
Trucker (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A trucker, leading a life free of depth and on the way to nowhere, is forced to make a decision about her aggressive loner 11-year-old son whom she openly deserted ten years previously.

Director: James Mottern
Stars: Michelle Monaghan, Nathan Fillion, Benjamin Bratt
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two best friends grow up on the Isle of Wight and in Brighton in the 1970s and 1980s.

Director: Sandra Goldbacher
Stars: Anna Friel, Michelle Williams, Ella Jones
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

This is the story of a dysfunctional New York family, and their attempts to reconcile.

Director: Fred Schepisi
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Bernadette Peters
Expecting (2013)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

After years of struggling to conceive with her husband, Lizzie has given up hope of having a baby on her own. But when her best friend Andie finds herself pregnant after a one-night stand, ... See full summary »

Director: Jessie McCormack
Stars: Michelle Monaghan, Radha Mitchell, Jon Dore
Perfume (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Roland S. Jefferson
Stars: Kathleen Bradley, Cheryl Francis Harrington, Shy Jefferson
The Perfumer (1997)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Guaranteed to change the way you smell perfume.

Director: Bashar Shbib
Stars: Jimeoin, Diane Carlson, Iona Brindle
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Herbert Biberman struggles as a Hollywood writer and director blacklisted as one of The Hollywood Ten in the 1950s.

Director: Karl Francis
Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Greta Scacchi, Ángela Molina
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lysa Apostle ...
Melissa
...
Janice Crawford
...
Monica
...
Maitre D'
...
...
Model
...
Irene Mancini
...
Morton
Chemin-Martinez Carroll ...
Posse Member 13
Hunter Carson ...
Peter McMichaels
Murielle Arden ...
Heidi (as Murielle Cohen)
...
Vendela
Sara Conca ...
Model #2
Eve Cook ...
Model
...
T
Edit

Storyline

'Perfume' chronicles one week in the lives of over a dozen people involved in the magazine and entertainment business of New York City. The central characters include Italian designer Lorenzo Mancini who learns that he's dying from cancer and decides to get his affairs in order with his wife Irine and his business partner Guido. Lorenzo's son Mario is a recording promoter who's latest client is hip-hop rapper J.B.. Roberta is a designer hard-pressed to fill out a latest dress design for the next Broadway show her group is putting on. Other characters are Jamie, a crafty agent whose latest client, Camille finds success but affects their relationship in ways he never planned and fails to deal with. Leese Hotton is a has-been model/actress trying to make a comeback into the spotlight; Janice Crawford is a wealthy publisher and control freak whose problems escalate with the arrival of her estranged teenage daughter Halley whom Janice abandoned her and everything else for her career years ... Written by Matt Patay

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 January 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dress to Kill  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

All the dialog was created by the actors. See more »

Quotes

Guido: Were do you keep the batteries, if you don't mind me asking?
See more »

Connections

References The Mighty Mouse Playhouse (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Rafaga de Luz
Written by Tierra Negra
Performed by Tierra Negra
Published by Marzpan Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Water Music Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Hems and Hums
7 July 2002 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

I avidly pursue these small straight to video films because sometimes you hit gold. Last year, I was rewarded twice with 'Panic' and the delicious '10 Things...' That film resembles this in some ways. But then this resembles so many other projects, most closely Altman's 'Ready to Wear' but done in a 'Best in Show' technique where the actors devise the dialog. I'm very skeptical of that technique because actors just don't have the skills or interests to shape all the dimensions of a project. But they do well enough here to not embarrass and in one case: Sorvino and Gallagher as gentle lovers they do very, very well.

But overall -- except for one major exception -- nothing in the film rises beyond pleasant spacefiller. There are lots of elements that might have been exploited but were not: the design of the eponymous perfume bottle, the state of the adrift daughter, the intelligence of the street designer (indeed, mirroring of one designer's acceptance and ones rejection of damaged children), the entrée to the big time through a sexual initiation and rejection, the drive to style and influence.

The sad thing is the lack of style in the whole project: It lacked any, and this seemed strange: it was as if the whole thing were told through an urchin's eyes.

There is one thing, one sequence, that makes this project worthwhile. As with most modern scripts, there is a self-referential bit. Here, the filmmaker is represented by a photographer who is presented with a promising subject. But she comes attached with 'dialog' that they both feel uncomfortable with. So they forcefully eject those that force these constraints and just ad lib the session. Naturally, that's what Rymer is doing with the film, so this scene is underscored. (The photographer is later rewarded for his intuition.) The importance of these scene is further emphasized by framing the whole film by two other sessions of this photographer -- the first is of him photographing nude women (obviously a nod to the expected exposure of the raw personalities of fashion to come). This is a glam heroin shot that emphasizes the wan 'pain' of the girls. Estella shows up and refuses to participate.

Then at the end, we have the same photographer, on the street, shooting a healthy-looking Estella while the drugaddled daughter walks by in the background. So that scene in the middle where the photographer/filmmaker takes things into his own hands is the soul of the movie. And it is a worthy sequence.

First of all, it features Mariel Hemingway, someone whose mere presence is impressive. The implicit pun on hemming is not beneath the level of allusion here. More powerful is the association with her famous grandfather (who killed himself) and her sister (who also killed herself). That sister made a big splash by endorsing perfume. Mariel is an enormously compelling screen presence, here at 40, and hypnotizingly lovely.

The dialog in this section is wonderful -- that stuff they say when the actual shoot is underway. In the story, that relationship between seer and seen, between designer and human art forms the armature for the whole evening: It is only a couple minutes -- he with his Mighty Mouse, she with her Moody Blues.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Soundtrack s_waulk
Stupid MickinleyAlexis
mariska hargitay BriarRose22886
Reminds me of... jojove3
First Movie of both Morena Baccarin and Estella Warren bluefox01
Discuss Perfume (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?