• Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Release Date: December 27th, 2006

DVD Release Date: July 24th, 2007

R |2 hr 25 min

Plot Summary

With his incredible talent for discerning scents, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw) is one of 18th-century France's finest perfumers. He becomes obsessed with capturing an elusive aroma: the scent of young womanhood. His search takes a deadly turn, and when the bodies of 12 young females are found, panic breaks out, with families rushing to lock up their daughters.

Cast: Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman, Rachel Hurd-Wood, John Hurt, Karoline Herfurth, David Calder, Simon Chandler

Director: Tom Tykwer

Genres: Historical drama , Thriller

Production Co: Castelao Producciones S.A., Nouvelles Éditions de Films [fr], Constantin Film Produktion

Keywords: Suspenseful, Quest, Passionate, France

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    This is a dark, dark, dark film, focused on an obsession so complete and lonely it shuts out all other human experience. You may not savor it, but you will not stop watching it, in horror and fascination. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence ToppmanCharlotte Observer

    Most horror movies try to show us the man inside the monster, so we'll empathize with his moral dilemmas or feel his suffering. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer shows us a man who is all monster, whose colossal amorality makes him a potential Messiah or menace to humanity. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Long regarded as unfilmable, Patrick Suskind's 1985 novel "Perfume" has finally reached the screen in a blockbuster production that succeeds reasonably well in achieving what many said was beyond the scope of cinema: conveying the world of scent and smell. show more

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