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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

 -  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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Roger Salvany ...
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Customer - Fishmarket
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Núria Casas ...
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Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born in the stench of eighteenth century Paris, develops a superior olfactory sense, which he uses to create the world's finest perfumes. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he tries to preserve scents in the search for the ultimate perfume. Written by Nuno Cordeiro

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Based on the best-selling novel 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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€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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When filming the scenes set in Paris, director Tom Tykwer was so meticulous about making sure the dirt looked right, that he was given the nickname 'Lord of the Dirt' by the crew. 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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Court Official: Quick. We can't hold them back much longer. Hurry. Come on!
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Edo Pols, Jocelyn Raulet, Simon Staelens, Remi Tran-No
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The critics are wrong - Brilliant!
13 September 2006 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

With "The Perfume" it's like with any blockbuster movie: if the critics praise it, it's horrible - if the critics hate it, it's brilliant.

I had the chance to watch a preview of "The Perfume" tonight and I was very surprised: this movie is really good! Okay, it can't actually make you smell all the scents and odours, but the images and the music allow you to experience the atmosphere and the emotions Grenouille is feeling when he takes in the scents of his environment. You couldn't have done this much better without the use of real scents at theatres.

Although much of the story is told by a narrative voice (mostly quotes from the novel), the movie is still thrilling and exciting all the way. It's a very good adaption of Süskind's novel, sticking to the original plot concerning the major events, leaving away unnecessary subplots (although it's a pity that funny "lethal gas"-plot was cut out!) and shortening long passages. The result is well-constructed movie that is worth seeing.

The actors, especially Whishaw who plays Grenouille, have done a very good job. Like in the novel, Grenouille is an ambivalent character and you never know whether to love him for his genius talent or to hate him for his cruel murders. Whishaw's half-crazy, scary gaze made me shiver. Dustin Hoffman as old and unsuccessful parfumeur Baldini was very convincing... I loved the way he talks to Grenouille arrogantly although he recognizes how much more talent the young man has. Baldini is always good for a laugh.

The only thing to criticize is that the movie is not as brutal as the novel. I think they wanted to avoid the FSK 16 rating and so didn't show much violence, which in my opinion would have been necessary if you wanted the movie to have the same shocking impact on the audience as the novel. For example I was really shocked by the end of the novel

  • in the movie you hardly see what happens.




However, it's really a thrilling story visualized excellently - go to the movies and watch "The Perfume"! You won't be disappointed.


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