Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 2003

Average Rating: 2.9/4

# of Ratings: 85

Theatrical Release Date: 12/27/2006

Language: English

Genre: Crime, Drama

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Tom Tykwer

Actors: Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Simon Chandler, David Calder

Plot: 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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Indyfreak - wrote on 08/20/2019

Well this was one of the strangest movies I’ve seen in a while. Part historical drama, part murder mystery, all saturated with atmosphere and dread. The climactic orgy scene could only been directed by a European;Americans are too prudish. Ben Whishaw is appropriately aloof as the talented but deeply troubled perfumer. Alan Rickman is very good as the devoted father turned amateur detective. I cannot say if this did the book any justice but it’s not lacking in ambition or sheer audacity.

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Elshad - wrote on 01/02/2013

That's a very interesting and unusual movie

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mitchellyoung - wrote on 07/20/2011

A purely atmospheric film that is engaging mainly because of the strange premise and the way it balances almost satirical humor with elements of a thriller or mystery. I can't decide if the film is solely exploring fantasy or making some sort of social commentary (you'll know the scenes in question when you watch), but it is surely unforgettable.

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Yojimbo - wrote on 01/16/2012

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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Franz Patrick - wrote on 10/13/2008

I found this movie to be very strange because even though I didn’t completely like it, I have to admit that it’s well-made and daring. The reason why I didn’t buy the whole package is that there’s 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. I’ve been curious about his acting abilities ever since I saw “I’m …

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