Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (BEN WHISHAW) is born in undignified circumstances at the Paris fish market in 1738. At a very early age he realises he has a very refined sense of smell. After surviving the murderous working conditions of the tannery in his youth, Grenouille starts an apprenticeship at the perfumery of Baldini (DUSTIN HOFFMAN). He soon surpasses his master at the art of mixing scents, but they also become his obsession, an obsession that drives him away from human company. Possessed by the idea of preserving human aromas, he unscrupulously murders young women whose scent turns his head. The drama takes its course when Grenouille meets the beautiful Laura (RACHEL HURD-WOOD), who for him has a supernatural kind of scent, on the way to the perfume metropolis, Grasse. While further unexplained murders occur, Laura’s father, the merchant Richis (ALAN RICKMAN), suspects that his daughter’s life is also in great danger. A real cat-and-mouse game of close fatherly love and deadly passion begins…
TOM TYKWER was born in 1965 in Wuppertal. “Peter Pan” was probably the first film he saw, and he says that the youthful fantasy of creating a magical parallel world remains an inspiration to this day. The dreamy, childlike sense of wonder in “Peter Pan” fascinated him, as did Vittorio de Sica’s “Miracle in Milan”. Another important cinematic experience was seeing “King Kong” – nine-year-old Tykwer realized that cinema was artificial, man-made. This particular film marked the start of his fondness for the horror genre. Tykwer also names James Whales’ “Bride of Frankenstein”, "Miracle in Milan” and John Carpenter’s “Halloween” as some other early discoveries. From this point on Tykwer’s adolescence revolved round his passion for the cinema. To get greater access to films he helped out in an art-house cinema, which also allowed him to circumvent age restrictions.
Tykwer started making Super 8 films at the age of eleven, a purely fan-driven exercise in which he essentially rehashed… read more
Watched this again today, and I think it's one of the most underrated films of the past decade. I haven't read the novel so can't compare, but the film is one of the most deliciously sensual I can remember. Painterly visuals, stunning landscapes, operatic score, superb central performance, moments of audacity. It almost tips into comedic absurdity at some points but I will completely allow that for the rest.
Buat yang udah membaca novelnya, dan sedikit bosan akannya (like me!), mungkin versi film dari Perfume: The Story of a Murderer akan sangat, sangat membantu. Membantu, tapi belum tentu menghibur. Garis… read review
Director Tom Tykwer has created a visually lush, unique piece of cinema again. From the highly original Lola rennt, to the visualization of the late Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Heaven (the first part… read review