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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Francesc Albiol ...
Court Official
Gonzalo Cunill ...
Guard 1 Dungeon
Roger Salvany ...
Guard 2 Dungeon
Andrés Herrera ...
Door Guard
Birgit Minichmayr ...
Customer Fishmarket
Catherine Boisgontier ...
Woman Fishmarket
Núria Casas ...
Woman 2 Fishmarket
Carlos Gramaje ...
Police Lieutenant Fishmarket
Sian Thomas ...


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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Crime | Drama | Fantasy

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

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Release Date:

5 January 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


€50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£485,200 (UK) (29 December 2006)


$2,208,939 (USA) (23 February 2007)

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Other directors interested in making this film were Martin Scorsese, Milos Forman and Stanley Kubrick. In 1990 Roman Polanski gave an interview in which he said producer Claude Berri wanted him to direct. See more »


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


[first lines]
Court Official: Quick. We can't hold them back much longer. Hurry. Come on!
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Performed by Saboï and its Members
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By arrangement: Christian Coulomb
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Better than I expected
31 August 2006 | by (Basel, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

I'd only heard bad things about this movie in advance and I hadn't been too impressed with the trailer - I thought the actor playing Grenouille was too pretty, giving his behavior an almost sensual feel, which it definitely shouldn't have. However, when I had the chance to see a press showing of it, I knew I had to see it because Süskind's book was one of the highlights of my school career. I was pleasantly surprised - the movie is well done, beautifully filmed (I especially enjoyed the period details that always felt very down-to-earth and alive), and the main character was never attractive and actually quite creepy (although in my mind, Grenouille will probably always more resemble a Gollum-like creature).

Putting scent into images, however, is even more difficult than putting them into words, in my opinion, and this is where the movie lacked. It just did not grip me the way the book had, did not pull me into this world of smells, and after 2 hours I started getting impatient for the story to finally move on and wrap up. All in all I think the movie could have been better, but it was definitely better than I'd feared and is well worth a look.

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