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  • Actors: Lysa Apostle, Joanne Baron, Morena Baccarin, Kylie Bax, Angela Bettis
  • Directors: Michael Rymer
  • Writers: Michael Rymer, L.M. Kit Carson
  • Producers: D.W. Brown, Andrew Tilberis, Cynthia Hargrave, Damita Nikapota, Eric Kopeloff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: April 23, 2002
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000062XFN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,704 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Perfume" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Carmen Electra, Coolio, Joanne Baron, Omar Epps, Peter Gallagher, Sonia Braga - Director: Michael Rymer New York City is the epicenter of the global fashion industry, a high-stakes world as powerful as the superstars it celebrates and as tenuous as the tr

Customer Reviews

This movie is just one absurd, disjointed, and boring scene after another.
RR in Texas
The little caveat at the beginning of the credits should also be on the DVD box, "All actors dialogue was improvised".
K. Clark
Because of the quick pace, you pay attention to the exchanges and not overly scrutinize the acting.
R. K. Tam

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. K. Tam on May 27, 2002
Format: DVD
I had been waiting for this movie to hit the theaters after having read about its showing at Sundance, and was quite surprised to see that it went directly to dvd. Especially with such a deep cast.
At first I couldn't tell whether it was a comedy or docudrama. Having seen it I still wonder.
Rather than one storyline this movie is about several. There is the designer (Rita Wilson) whose partner (Leslie Mann) has left her to seek fortune elsewhere. There is the Versace-esque Italian designer (Paul Sirvino) who must face health and family crises. There is the photographer (Jared Harris) juggling work and personal relationship. Then there's the magazine editor (Joanne Baron) whose abandoned daughter (Michelle Williams) suddenly reappears in her life.
Director Rymer wants to give the audience an inside look at the fashion industry, and he does accomplish this on several levels. The designer's assistants following her everywhere; the brief but very real segment of shuffling seating assignments for a fashion show; the editor's assistant (Angela Bettis) screening for her worshipped boss. Some of the exchanges are readily identifiable to all (photographer and girlfriend), some are true-to-life but foreign to those outside the industry (designer and her assistants) but some are so last season (conglomerate quoting Henry James).
What this film needs is more attitude. We see the backstabbing and false niceties, but the only part of the movie that reflects the snobbishness prevalent in the industry is at the reception desk at the magazine office.
Those without first-hand experience with New Yorkers might doubt the dialogue, but it is largely faithful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Audra Thomas on May 15, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
... of the giddily-demented and lunatic world of high fashion along with its tandem industries, where all the egos come "super-sized". Always with personal dramas big enough to match, as everone is truly an "artiste"... of one type or another, and ALWAYS facing a career-altering and earth-shattering crisis of some kind, it's as if they're all living on some isolated island... cast-off from the real world, sucking-up all the abundant co-dependent and self-perpetuating "it's all about me" energy available just to remain alive, slowing sinking into their own self-importance; they are collectively their own eco/ego-system... but so many of us actually listen to what they have to say!!! Their pronouncements are biblical in proportion. I must admit that I watched this film three times, back-to-back, totally absorbed and fascinated.The many wonderful actors, obviously with specific real people in mind and drawing upon same, superbly paint their characterizations in broadly egocentric stokes, creating a rich glimpse into the closed, insular ghetto-ized world of high fashion, where everone is a STAR... or at least believes themself to be, and certainly behaves "as if ". BRAVO!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RR in Texas on October 17, 2012
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Perfume is a ridiculous display of wealthy neurotic NYC yuppies and their self-centered lives. It is a waste of time to watch this one, unless you want to see what is wrong with America today. That these people probably do exist, and have positions with some prestige, is a testament to the decadence of NYC in specific and America in general. This movie is just one absurd, disjointed, and boring scene after another.

The only reason I gave it two stars rather than one star is that it does reveal, albeit in a non entertaining manner, the sick and tragic people involved in the NYC art and fashion world.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "arambilet" on February 3, 2003
Format: DVD
Date: 3/2/2003
Summary: Incredible film; bears watching more than once!
A review in IMDB can't say it better! -
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If you've ever been around "the fashion world," or grown up reading "fashion magazines," you will understand EXACTLY what this film portrays: "Life, Exactly As They Know It!" The "choppiness" and "vagueness" objected to by other reviewers is EXACTLY why this is such a great film, why this is such a "Real" film: anyone who has ever been around "these people" will see exactly how the dialogue mirrors "real life" in the fashion / magazine biz. The "one real scene" between Hemmingway and the photographer (as described by another reviewer) is precisely showing how rare and difficult a "real" moment is to find. In fact, they are ALL "real scenes," wherein lies their power. The scene where the daughter, (not "drug addled," by the way, as described by another reviewer) who is the antithesis of "fashion," describes how reading magazines "makes her feel bad about herself" and her mother's instant rejection and leaving of the restaurant, is telling precisely the truth. And then any woman who rejects "fashion standards" is left alone at the table. The emptiness of the life and the constant ebb and flow of current, changing tides, makes any real or lasting connection impossible. This is even alluded to with Paul Sorvino in one discussion about going to the hip-hop look: something to the effect of "in Europe, classic can last... in America, you have to keep moving!" Then the hip hop boys point out that the baggy-pants hip hop look was born from poverty and "10 brothers and sisters, but the suburban kids will follow" even at an unaffordable $150.00 a pop! But that's the game!
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