Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

2006 "Based on the best-selling novel"
7.5| 2h27m| R| en| More Info
Released: 13 September 2006 Released
Producted By: Constantin Film
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Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born in the stench of 18th century Paris, develops a superior olfactory sense, which he uses to create the world's finest perfumes. However, his work takes a dark turn as he tries to preserve scents in the search for the ultimate perfume.

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Moustroll Good movie but grossly overrated
Dynamixor The performances transcend the film's tropes, grounding it in characters that feel more complete than this subgenre often produces.
Kimball Exactly the movie you think it is, but not the movie you want it to be.
Haven Kaycee It is encouraging that the film ends so strongly.Otherwise, it wouldn't have been a particularly memorable film
sandervermeulen-16475 I loved it in the theater when it came out and just saw it again on dvd: still a great movie! People who rate this below 5 lack the patience and insight to watch such a good piece of art. I pity them for they miss a lot in life.
little_miss_sunshine_44 I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about this film. It's captivating, but at the same time almost too slow and convoluted. It's beautiful, but at the same time disgusting and terrifying. There's almost too much going on, and yet there's barely any dialogue from the protagonist (does he ever speak??) ... and yet, he still manages to express himself and his thoughts to the viewer fairly clearly, even though a lot of his actions have to be deconstructed by the viewer to figure out why he behaves in such a way... It's very very artistic (in a good way), but it's a different "artistic" than I'm used to. It's not quirky, warm, or "endearing"... it's in a whole other realm and I don't know if I'll ever see anything else like it (I kind of hope I don't...) It's an extremely interesting film and I would definitely recommend it, however, years after I initially watched it, I still feel slightly sick and disturbed thinking about this film... It has definitely left an impression. Not the kind of film I'd go back and watch a 2nd time as it still kind of haunts me, but the fact that it has had such an impact on me is testament to the film. Go ahead and give it a watch, but don't expect the "artyness" of the film to be warm, inviting, or endearing... It's haunting, revealing of human nature and desire, and mind-boggling. At times it all becomes too much, you just have to hang in there and take a while to process the film after viewing before garnering a fixed opinion of it (it's taken me over 7 years and I'm STILL insure of how I feel). I'm surprised the rating on this isn't higher (even though I've only scored a 7). I assume there are countless people out there who would adore this film. I just think I watched this film when I was too young (around 15), and it has scared and scarred me a little. Now that I'm older I can appreciate it more, but it still leaves a dark and twisted aftertaste which makes me cringe at the thought of watching it again. I realise I probably should watch this film again (with my newfound maturity and outlook on life/the world), but I honestly don't think I can bring myself to do so... I just wish I didn't watch it when I was still young enough to be afraid of the bloody dark. I thought it was a rom-com!!!! Overall, I think this film is horribly good and deserves to be watched by everyone. It's too maniacal, thought-provoking, raw, and twisted to be loved by all, but that's also what makes this film stand out. I can see that this film would go straight over some peoples' heads and be labeled as trash. You just have to pay attention and have a "think outside the box" mentality... Just watch the film and you'll understand why I'm so conflicted about this bloody film!!!!
javi-y-se-acabo This movie, surely, isn't for everyone, but if you like it you will probably find a gem in this movie.It tells us the story of Jean Baptiste Grenouille, a boy who is born with an overdeveloped sense of smell and he wants to find the way to make all this different scents he smells to remain. The story is so great, told in an awesome way, and for me it was very original, something that you don't get to see that much these days. Because it's a story about perfumes, scents and smells, the movie had the difficult task to transmit that to us without having the possibility of the smells in a movie theater or in your house, but the director (Tom Tykwer) was able to recreate this world of smells in a very unique way. Although there were some parts that did not make much sense (why does he suddenly decides to live in the mountains? This is not really well explained) but they don't affect that much to the story development.Ben Wishaw shines here as Grenouille providing a performance with not many lines of dialogue but that transmits a lot with his movements and face gestures. He has that bit of innocence but also you see the madness he ends up with. Also Alan Rickman, who does not appear until the middle of the movie or so, provides a very powerful performance as the main antagonist, Richi the father of Laura, one of the possible future victims of Grenouille. The one I felt was a bit overdone was Dustin Hoffman who wasn't at the height of a perfume maker of Paris.The visuals in this movie were very stunning, with many powerful scenes (like the Final Perfume Scene, when Grenouille meets Laura or many more) that capture this aggressive, dark and gritty world but without needing violence or explosions , like in modern blockbusters, just keeping the tension and taking you to the world of scents in a wonderful way. And for that, the director had the help of himself, Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimek to create a magnificent score that almost provides this "smell" that you cannot introduce in a movie with very beautiful and also very creepy melodies.I recommend you to watch this movie and after that you will see if you liked it or not but for me was a wonderful experience and I surely recommend it to everyone.
tapio_hietamaki One of those movies that makes you want to read the book. I haven't (yet) but I hear it was Kurt Cobain's favorite.'Perfume' is stylish, original, memorable, and pretty much a perfectly executed movie. The story is magical and enthralling and moves forward in every scene, but the movie is also carried by the visuals both beautiful and ugly, and the wonderful acting. Despite remaining nearly expressionless throughout the movie, Ben Whishaw remains compelling and relatable as a sociopathic serial killer whose greatest ambition is to smell the wondrous smells of the world.Alan Rickman, may his soul rest in peace, delivers another stand-out performance as the worried father of the prettiest girl in town (what father wouldn't know in his heart that HIS daughter is the prettiest?) who will stop at nothing to find the killer.Metaphorical and philosophical, the movie invites the audience to think for themselves and ponder at the meaning of various things in the story, and to experience the world outside them in a completely new light.