147 Min | Crime – Drama – Fantasy | December 2006
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Director: Tom Tykwer
Starring: Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Review: In Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, in the Eighteenth Century, in France, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born in the dirtiness of a fish market in Orleans and abandoned by his mother. He is raised in an orphanage and develops an extraordinary sense of smell. He is sold by the responsible for the orphanage to a tanner and he becomes an apprentice. One day, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw) goes to Paris for a delivery and he learns new odors. He is attracted by the scent of a red haired teenager and follows her. When the girl startles with Grenouille sniffing her, he unintentionally kills her by suffocation after covering her mouth for a long time.
In Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, when Grenouille delivers a skin to Giuseppe Baldini (Dustin Hoffman) that owns a decadent perfume shop, he convinces the Italian to hire him to create new aromas for him. In return, he asks Baldini to teach him the names of the substances and how to preserve the scents. Baldini explains that the perfumes are the combination of twelve fragrances, but there is an unknown thirteenth scent that was found in an Egyptian tomb that caused rapture in those that had smelled it. Grenouille is frustrated when he finds that Baldini is not able to teach him how to preserve the scent of everything, and he moves to Grasse expecting to create the perfect perfume. He also discovers that his body is odorless. When he sees the gorgeous Laura Richis (Rachel Hurd-Wood), who is the daughter of the noble Antoine Richis (Alan Rickman), he believes that she is special. He develops a method using fat to preserve the scent and begins his killing spree of young women.
The population is afraid of the notorious murderer and Antoine believes that his daughter might be his next victim. Will Grenouille find his aimed perfection? “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer” is a very weird movie, with an original story of a man seeking out the perfect perfume and becoming a serial-killer in his quest. My daughter read the novel and watched the movie later and she liked a lot this film. Therefore, I believe that it is necessary to read the novel before to fully understand the conclusion, when Grenouille is devoured by the crowd. Last, fortunately movie theaters and televisions do not have odors yet. Overall, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is watchable.