• 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: Thriller , Historical drama

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

Keywords: Passionate, France, Quest, Suspenseful

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Weaves a sensual spell of extraordinary delicacy, then sustains it -- up to a point.

  • 50
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    There are sniff movies and there are snuff movies, but Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is both. It has the bouquet of balm and blood. Imagine "Fragrance of the Lambs." 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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