Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is a tale that will keep you fascinated and incredulous right to the very end when the credits begin to roll. Visually the film is a work of art, the colours and tones and lighting that are used throughout will have you feeling as if you are right there in 18th century France. Director Tom Tykwer has ingeniusly taken Patrick Suskind's story about one man's incredible sense of smell to the big screen by using a visual bouqet of colours and textures that really have you feeling as if you can literally smell what Jean-Baptiste Grenouille can. Ben Whishaw is brilliant as Grenouille, and his subtle yet intense expression will have you feeling the longing and the disgust and the euphoria that Grenouille encounters through his journey on a rollercoaster of conflicting scents. Likewise, Dustin Hoffman is perfectly cast as Grenouille's once brilliant but now sadly out of date patron who recognises Grenouille's genius and takes him under his wing as his protege. The film itself is a movie unlike any you will have seen before. It is hard to confine to any particular genre, as it is all at once a drama, a thriller, a love story and a comedy – all be it a very dark comedy – but ultimately it is a study of raw human desire, of one man's desire to appease the appetite of his incredible sense of smell, and thus the possibility that our desires could drive us to such longing that we could commit the ultimate act of betrayal . . . murder. Be prepared to watch with an open mind and you should thoroughly enjoy this gem of a film.
Not many movies portray a book as well as this one. From the opening scene your smell is aroused by the provocative fish market and although you keep telling her father to stay with her, you know what is going to happen, you cannot turn away, you have to watch it, again and again and again – I am never disappointed no matter how many times I watch this movie.
Based on the best-selling novel by Patrick Suskind, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is a story of deadly obsession set in 18th-century France. Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, orphaned as a newborn in the streets of Paris, is alone in the world. Grenouille is alienated from others but blessed with a remarkable gift, his sense of smell. Eager to learn the art of creating sophisticated fragrance, he proves to be a savant who possesses an almost mystical knowledge of scent. When he discovers the most intoxicating scent he has ever experienced - the natural fragrance of a beautiful young girl - he learns that the only method to preserve her innocence and fresh beauty will require murder. Grenouille must capture the final ingredient for his greatest perfume - the essence of a beautiful redheaded girl whose wealthy father earnestly protects her.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer brings Patrick Süskind’s international bestseller to the screen twenty years after its initial publication and literary success. Laced with suspense, black humour and metaphysical mystery, the film stars British newcomer Ben Whishaw as Grenouille, who heads a cast that includes Alan Rickman, Rachel Hurd-Wood and two-time Academy Award-winner Dustin Hoffman.
- The Making Of
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