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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Fantasy  |  5 January 2007 (USA)
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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.

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Francesc Albiol ...
Court Official
Gonzalo Cunill ...
Guard 1 Dungeon
Roger Salvany ...
Guard 2 Dungeon
Andrés Herrera ...
Door Guard
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Birgit Minichmayr ...
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Customer Fishmarket
Catherine Boisgontier ...
Woman Fishmarket
Núria Casas ...
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Carlos Gramaje ...
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Jean-Baptiste Grenouille came into the world unwanted, expected to die, yet born with an unnerving sense of smell that created alienation as well as talent. Of all the smells around him, Grenouille is beckoned to the scent of a woman's soul, and spends the rest of his life attempting to smell her essence again by becoming a perfumer, and creating the essence of an innocence lost.

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He lived to find beauty. He killed to possess it. See more »

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Rated R for aberrant behavior involving nudity, violence, sexuality, and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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El perfume  »

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€50,000,000 (estimated)

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£485,200 (UK) (29 December 2006)

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$2,208,939 (USA) (23 February 2007)
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During preproduction, director/screenwriter Tom Tykwer, Director of Photography Frank Griebe, Production Designer Uli Hanisch, and Costumer Designer Pierre-Yves Gayraud studied the complete works of Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Joseph Wright in order to ensure the film's aesthetic correctly captured 18th century France. See more »

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While Grenouille is hanging heads down above the water filled barrel his hair changes from dripping wet to dry to dripping wet. See more »

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[first lines]
Court Official: Quick. We can't hold them back much longer. Hurry. Come on!
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Tarentelle
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Performed by Saboï and its Members
Asta Coulomb, Christian Coulomb, Sebastien Coulomb, François Hecquet, Bertrand Mercier, Nicolas Pillard,
Edo Pols, Jocelyn Raulet, Simon Staelens, Remi Tran-No
By arrangement: Christian Coulomb
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A sensual experience
14 September 2006 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

To my dismay this movie has been accused of dealing with the addressed subjects only on the surface and just trying to shock the audience with extreme imagery. I strongly have to disagree with that. "Das Parfum" may be a lot of things but shocking sure isn't one of them. Of course it is visually overwhelming and not only with pictures of pretty flowers and sounds of the wind softly shaking the trees on a warm summer night but what is this movie, if not a piece about the sensuality of the human being? Yes, it is about smells but smelling is just simply not one of the things you can experience while sitting in a movie theatre. This motion picture however comes very close to it. We see close-ups on maggots crawling around and fish getting their heads chopped of but also human bodies in all their perfection and people declaring their honest love for one another. It might be impossible to make the audience fully understand the world in which Jean-Baptiste Grenouille lives but it does manage to create a similar vibe that brings us close to what Grenouille "feels" when he smells. Tom Tykwer beautifully achieves to always put the audience in the right mood, with the help of an amazing soundtrack and great camera work.

One could criticize that Ben Wishaw is too good looking for the part but we have to keep in mind that this story is supposed to be about the character of Grenouille and the way he himself sees his live. Since to him, the smell is the soul of every being, his appearance does not matter to him. So we might as well thank Tom Tykwer for casting an actor who is pretty decent to look at for two and half hours.

Please watch this movie without any prejudices. Open your mind to images and sounds and try to imagine what your feeling could "smell" like. And even if that does not work you can still just enjoy a beautifully told story. Either way, you will be touched.


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