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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

nathanaelblevinsnathanaelblevins Members, Plex Pass Posts: 5
IMDB 7.5/10 - Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

[font="Verdana, Arial, sans-serif"]Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent.[/font]

I first picked up this movie on a whim from my local Blockbuster (back when there were Blockbusters). I found this movie completely enthralling. Some quick positives, to perhaps persuade you to check this out:

  • Dustin Hoffman and Alan Rickman: Actors don't always make the movie, but it certainly enhances this independent film considerably.
  • The Film Score: I have purchased and listened to the score for this film countless times since seeing it. It's every bit as atmospheric as the film itself.
  • Direction: The "feel" of this film is largely what makes it so great. The atmosphere is created with great care from the very first shot.
  • Plot: The storyline in this movie is not largely full of twists, per se, but instead rewards the viewer with exactly what they'd love to see happen, and then some...

Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think! Highly Recommended!


  • pooploserpooploser Plex Ninja Members, Plex Pass, Plex Ninja Posts: 958 Plex Ninja
    Hey! I've seen Perfume a while ago, in cinema actually, and I did enjoy it quite a bit. I was surprised to see 'famous' actors in minor roles and I think it works well in this film, it adds a fresh spark to the whole flick.
    I also remember the camera work fondly. The pale, sandy colours reminded me quite a bit of mid-eastern cinema. Shame that I actually can't remember the music in it though.
    Have you read the book by Patrick Süskind that the movie's based on?
    I haven't read it myself, but I heard from friends who have that it has much more humour, and that the scene in the cave is actually one of the key moments in the book, much longer and spanning several dozen pages.
    I feel the movie had a really great basis, the ending was beautifully shot, and it could've been one of "those" great adaptations if it had been another 20 minutes longer, aiming towards a more detailed description of Grenouille, and possibilly sacrificing a bit of the entertainment value for the sake of it. :)
  • boots2xboots2x IP Challenged Ninja Members, Plex Pass, Plex Ninja Posts: 1,184 Plex Ninja
    This film is definitely a case of "Read the Book". The film version of it is GREAT... the book is so evocative, luscious, textured... the English translation of Patrick Süskind's book is so marvellous it makes me wish I could read the German original.

  • shortguy91shortguy91 Members, Plex Pass Posts: 34 Plex Pass
    I remember when i saw this movie quite a while back, i was amazed on how good it was. It was one of those movies that you had no clue what you were about to watch and by the end you were extremely happy with it. thats one of the movies i always recommend to people.
  • aeonxaeonx Members, Plex Pass Posts: 1,341 Plex Pass

    Watched it in the cinema, having read the novel before. I was surprised how well they featured the smelling sensations, not a quality easily relayed to the viewer (without smell-o-vision at least). I dug the cast, the sets, but not the direction of the narrative.

  • chris811chris811 Members Posts: 108 ✭✭

    Great movie, I really enjoyed it.

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