Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

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Released 2007

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Director:
Tom Tykwer
Released:
2007
Rating:
R
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is a dramatic film directed by Tom Tykwer based on the novel Perfume by Patrick Suskind that follows the sociopath murderer Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw), an orphaned boy with an unbelievably sense of smell and a personal lack of body odor. Pushed aside because of his off-putting lack of scent, Grenouille becomes obsessed in finding new odors and scents, utilizing his old apprenticeship as a tanner and his new one as a perfumer to capture a woman’s scent. As an apprentice for Italian perfumer, Giuseppe Baldini (Dustin Hoffman), Grenouille learns of what is needed in bottling a scent and the power an odor can have over others. When he travels to Grasse to work for Madame Arnulfi (Corinna Harfouch) and Dominique Druot (Paul Berrondo), he successful preserves the smell of a prostitute. Prepared and obsessed, Grenouille begins his dark quest by gathering the twelve base scents, all the smells of beautiful young women, before setting his sights on his ultimate prize, young Laura Richis (Rachel Hurd-Wood).moreless

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  • 70

    Variety Derek Elley

    The seductive, sensory prose of Patrick Suskind's bestseller, "Perfume," reaches the screen with loads of visual panache but only intermittent magic.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    What's missing is less a sense of the protagonist's inner nose (which is very well-trammeled) as a sense of his inner life, motivation or desire.

  • 30

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Try as it might to be refined and provocative, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer never rises above the pedestrian creepiness of its conceit.

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