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|Perfume - The Story Of A Murderer|
Actors: Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman, Francesc Albiol, Gonzalo Cunill
Director: Tom Tykwer
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Based on the bestselling novel, "Perfume" is a story of an obsession so overwhelming that it leads to murder. In18th-century France lived Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw), who was born with a phenomenal sense of sme... more »
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Tamara B. (ladycat713) from BELMONT, MS
Reviewed on 11/15/2009...
One correction of the synopsis is that his first kill presnets as accidental and that he smothered her not strangled. The rest were definitely on purpose.
Excellant film. Very good representation of the book.
1 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Tarra S. (thesaintmom) from PIEDMONT, SC
Reviewed on 1/25/2009...
The best period film thiller I have EVER seen! I could not get over how true to filming in that era and acting was.
2 of 7 member(s) found this review helpful.
Tina O. (Swan) from HENDERSON, NC
Reviewed on 4/7/2008...
Definitely, different then I imagined. Good story but not a movie that I would see more then once.
3 of 8 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jeff V. (burielofmel) from HARRIMAN, TN
Reviewed on 3/7/2008...
Part of the book was missing from the movie. Of course that happens a lot. In the book there's a man with a strange flower making machine. That was one of my favorite characters in the book and that character didn't make it into the movie. Still it's a great movie. It's filmed with and eye on detail. The dirt and grim on everything is so visual that you almost CAN smell everything. Visually stunning adaption of the book. A little "making of" feature rounds out the disc. Recommended.
5 of 9 member(s) found this review helpful.
"I just needed her."
Kona | Emerald City | 07/16/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The year is 1766, and Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw) is born amid the filth of a Paris slum with an unusually well-developed sense of smell. He grows up in an orphanage, never knowing a kind word or deed, perceiving and relating to his harsh life only through smell. When as a teen, he sees a beautiful young woman for the first time, he becomes obsessed with capturing her essence in a perfume, but to do this, he must kill her. She is but the first of many young women who will be used to create a scent of perfect beauty, innocence, and even love.
In the beginning, the ugliness and brutality of slum life were so realistic I often had to look away. In contrast, the second half is set in a beautiful countryside amid luxurious surroundings. The photography and set designs are excellent as are the period costumes. Whishaw gives an intense performance as the asocial, amoral anti-hero, an unlikable but fascinating character. Dustin Hoffman is miscast as an Italian perfume maker. His American accent and deadpan delivery are laughable and out of place. Alan Rickman is very good in the small role of a nobleman.
The story of a serial killer's desire to capture unattainable essences is engrossing, with final scenes involving 750 naked extras that are quite bizarre. It's an unpleasant but curiously intriguing story. 3.5 stars."