Perfume: The Story of a Murderer 2006 ***

Director and screenwriter Tom Tykwer (Cloud Atlas, Run Lola Run) gets a lavish production budget to capture Patrick Susskind’s extra-ordinary novel, and if the screen version doesn’t quite have the same precise tone, it’s still a feast of visual flourishes. Ben Wishaw plays Jean Baptiste Grenouille, who is born with a highly developed sense of smell, but his sensitivity to his fellow man proves to be dubious to say the least. Dustin Hoffman and Alan Rickman are amongst the accomplishes supporting cast, with the former meeting a dramatic end. Perfume is a complex fable of social alienation, and Tykwer pulls out all the stops on the way to an outrageously weird orgy at the end.


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