Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
  • 2006
  • Germany / France / Spain
  • 2h 27min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Tom Tykwer
  • Cast: Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Karoline Herfurth
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Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (upcoming Brit Whishaw) is led to the gallows in 1776 after perpetrating a series of murders trying to recreate the smell of his first (accidental) kill. Twyker does his best to replicate the olfactory scintillation of Patrick Suskind's source novel Perfume through voiceover and visual tricks but is only partially successful. However, Whishaw's excellent murderous ambivalence and a killer ending manage to pull things back.

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

7 Dec 20064 stars

The most daunting task facing director Tom Twyker (Run, Lola, Run, Heaven) when adapting Patrick Suskind’s novel Perfume was how to stimulate the olfactory senses onscreen in the scintillating way the author managed on the page. Twyker attempts to give…

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