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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer 2006 / Das Parfum - Die Geschichte eines Mörders film review


Perfume: The Story of a Murderer 2006 film review

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006, Germany)

Original title
Das Parfum - Die Geschichte eines Mörders
Genres
Running time
147 minutes
Language
English
Categories
Our rating
★★★★★★★★☆☆ 8 / 10

The film set in the eighteenth century in France, tells the story of a man who had a special gift of an outstanding, absolute sense of smell. Illegitimate son Paris stallholder, Grenouille, tries various professions, finally meets an old master perfumer who teaches him and reveals to him the world of fragrances. He passes to him a parable about a unique fragrance that can be extracted only from a dying virgin. Grenouille accidentally kills his first victim, a young woman, although not attracted to her physical or sexual attractiveness, he desires only her unique scent that he will remember forever. Henceforth the memory of this girl will haunt him for the rest of your life, and through the subsequent murders he will seek this one ultimate fragrance.

Smell can’t be transfered through any media (at least so far!), but the filmmakers succeeded by mixing romantic music, intense colors, associations and ideas. It is great film that gives the feeling of this unique world, even though the historical background of the 18th century Paris would suggest more dirt, stench and poverty, having nothing to do with nice smells. A hero is amoral in the name of his higher goals. For this we have evocative mood music, intense colors that almost let us feel the smells. It is very unique, sophisticated and well developed film. Even though it was based on the novel by Patrick Süskind the film story moves away from the novel and it is one of the rare examples in which it works in favor of the film.


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Creators of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer


Tom Tykwer films

Tom Tykwer

director

Andrew Birkin films

Andrew Birkin

screenplay

Bernd Eichinger films

Bernd Eichinger

screenplay

Tom Tykwer films

Tom Tykwer

screenplay

Caroline Thompson films

Caroline Thompson

screenplay



Cast of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer


Ben Whishaw films

Ben Whishaw

as Jan Baptiste Grenouille

Dustin Hoffman films

Dustin Hoffman

as Giuseppe Baldini

Alan Rickman films

Alan Rickman

as Antoine Richis

Rachel Hurd-Wood films

Rachel Hurd-Wood

as Laura Richis

Corinna Harfouch films

Corinna Harfouch

as Mrs Arnulfi

Paul Berrondo films

Paul Berrondo

as Dominique Druot

Joanna Griffiths films

Joanna Griffiths

as Marianne

Jessica Schwarz films

Jessica Schwarz

as Natalie

Simon Chandler films

Simon Chandler

as mayor Grasse

David Calder films

David Calder

as bishop Grasse

Sian Thomas films

Sian Thomas

as Mrs Gaillard

Sam Douglas films

Sam Douglas

as Grimal

Joan Serrats films

Joan Serrats

as Upholsterer

Birgit Minichmayr films

Birgit Minichmayr

as mother of Grenouille

John Hurt films

John Hurt

as Narrator


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