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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) Movie Information

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This is the story of an orphan who was born with a superior sense of smell. It follows him as he rises from the gutter to being adored by hundreds, with a few murders along the way. -- phantom

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A film that really pongs, rather like Brut - sweet and rather sickening. It might have been better had they not taken the preposterous story seriously and instead opted for a kind of House of Wax approach. A least there might have been a few laughs, though there are plenty of unintentional ones present here. What really sinks it is the international cast. French, English and American actors, plus a German director. Accents all over the show and with it any sense of the story being grounded. Dustin Hoffman playing an Italian runs around shouting 'basta, basta'. Enough, indeed.

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this movie was very dark and had a lot of "what the F?" moments. Copious amounts of nudity, more so than I've ever seen in a main-stream film. Definetely worth watching.

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01/16/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

" Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer" by Yojimbo

A French peasant boy born with a remarkably acute sense of smell becomes obsessed with capturing the scent of beautiful young girls leading him to murder. I must admit that I found the first act of this film captivating; the visuals are glorious and it gives a palpable feel for the time and context of the story complimented by some fantastic photography and nice performances. Once the plot takes a turn towards homicide however, all the sympathy you felt for Jean-Baptiste evaporates and with no central character to relate to, the narrative begins to seriously flounder. By the end the story becomes a load of existential guff and despite featuring surely the largest orgy ever committed to celluloid, I'd lost all interest in it. It's a shame because it started so well and there was enough of ...

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10/13/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


I found this movie to be very strange because even though I didnít completely like it, I have to admit that itís well-made and daring. The reason why I didnít buy the whole package is that thereís no reason for the film to run for two hours and thirty minutes. It took too much of its time setting everything up, to the point where I scratched my head and wondered where the story was going (or if it was planning on going anywhere at all). But once it gained its footing about an hour and fifteen minutes into the picture, it was very engaging because it was able to touch the macabre. A lot of the scenes are darkly amusing despite the murders perfomed by Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, brilliantly acted by Ben Wishaw. Iíve been curious about his acting abilities ever since I saw ďIím Not ThereĒ so i...

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