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Perfume: The Story Of a Murderer (El Perfume: Historia De Un Asesino) [NTSC/REGION 1 & 4 DVD. Import-Latin America] (2006)

Dustin Hoffman , Alan Rickman , Tom Tykwer  |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (507 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman, Ben Wishaw
  • Directors: Tom Tykwer
  • Format: NTSC, Import, Full Screen, Dolby, Subtitled, Dubbed
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (507 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TBG98M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,966 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Sinopsis Jean-Baptiste Grenouille fue abandonado por su madre al momento de nacer en un basurero. El era diferente a todos los demas, no tenia olor pero tenia un gran olfato, a los 20 años consigue hacerse aprendiz de un gran perfumista que lo ayuda a ir a la capital del perfume a cambio de un favor para que asi pueda cumplir su gran obsesion.

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184 of 194 people found the following review helpful
It must be a daunting task when a filmmaker attempts to adapt a novel that has been deemed "unfilmable." Such is the challenge Tom Tykwer (the audacious "Run, Lola, Run") accepted when he decided to film "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer," the wildly popular cult novel by Patrick Suskind first printed in the US in 1986. Intrinsic to the success of telling the tale of "Perfume" is to convey a palpable sense of "smell" and its intoxicating powers. While a book may do this with pages and pages of prose, a film does not have this descriptive luxury--hence, it must attempt some sort of visual shorthand. I'm pleased to say that Tykwer was up to the task. With vivid art direction, stunning visuals, and bold editing choices--you feel, almost, as if you can smell this peculiar tale. While this may sound like dubious praise, it is actually the highest compliment.

Set in 18th century France, "Perfume" relates the tragic tale of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw). Born and almost killed in a fish market, raised in an orphanage, put into manual (and often dangerous) service at a young age, Jean-Baptiste is a disaffected and disconnected youth. Having no social skills and lacking any kind of normal emotional processes, the one thing that differentiates Jean-Baptiste is his keen sense of smell. It seems to be the only thing that connects him to the world he lives in. A chance visit to the city brings him to a perfume shop/manufacturer. Captivated by this world that revolves around the olfactory senses, Jean-Baptiste aggressively pursues a position with the proprietor (Dustin Hoffman). After achieving some success and freedom, he becomes obsessed with procuring the perfect scent--one that he once smelled in the "essence" of a beautiful young woman.
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59 of 67 people found the following review helpful
If you're looking for something unusual, unconventional and unpredictable, "Perfume" is your film. I am not saying this will give a pleasant smell to you. Probably some people would be attracted to the complexity of the strange world where olfactory perception means everything. Or some would loath the film's story and main character itself, especially the conclusion. Whatever you may find it, Tom Tykwer's "Perfume" remains intriguing throughout as allegorical tale, dark comedy or serial killer suspense. Pick your choice.

With John Hurt as narrator with slightly mocking tone, the eventful life story of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is introduced, and from the very first moment you realize "Perfume" is no ordinary film. The film successfully conveys how Paris in the 18th century (at least one certain district) smelled really bad, with too realistic scene of its fish market, which is followed by the birth of Jean-Baptiste. His life is destined to be a different one, and the first chapter fully convinces us of his fate.

Ben Whishaw plays adult Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, and his wonderful acting as the (anti-)hero virtually carries the entire film to the last. Typical rags-to-riches drama is given a twist when other characters step in his life. First Jean-Baptiste is apprenticed to Giuseppe Baldini, second-rate perfumer who lost his skills. Dustin Hoffman's fake Italian accent may annoy you, but wait for what happens. Jean-Baptiste creates a "hit" perfume with his superb olfactory sense, making Baldini a rich person, and then ... see it for yourself. The story is not definitely Charles Dickens.

Beautiful Rachel Hurd-Wood and Alan Rickman are both memorable as aristocratic father and his only daughter.
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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The scent of desire May 19, 2007
How exactly do you make a movie about smells? After all, a movie is all about sight and sound. Touch, taste and smell rarely come into it.

But acclaimed German director Tom Tykwer manages to make us smell things, in his most disturbing movie to date, "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer." This time around, the talented Tykwer abandons his usual lovers-against-the-world stories for a lushly-filmed, darkly comic story of olfactory obsession. Yes, that is what I said.

Jean-Baptiste Grenouillle (Ben Whishaw) is a man with a brilliant sense of smell, and zero body odor. He was born in a putrid fishmarket, raised in an orphanage, and later escapes from a tannery where he was working. He's enraptured by the many thrilling smells in the city -- he even kills a young girl, so that he can smell her lovely scent.

In his search for the perfect scent, Jean-Baptiste gets a job with a once-famed perfume-maker (Dustin Hoffman). But after learning that not everything has a scent, he begins killing women to try to distill their scents into the ultimate perfume -- with beautiful redhead Laura (Rachel Hurd-Wood) as the "thirteenth scent." But his ultimate scent has an even more sinister side, as his scents begin to affect the population in unusual ways.

"Perfume" is Tykwer's most unique movie to date, and the one that definitely identifies him as a cinematic master. There are lots of music that are evocative, sensual, colourfully beautiful, or unspeakably creepy, but not many manage to be all of them. "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" is all of those, and more.

Obviously a movie doesn't smell like anything, except maybe stale popcorn. So Tykwer uses sight for smell -- rotted fish, maggots, moldy walls from the late 1700s to show Jean-Baptiste's miserable origins.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbingly Quirky
It's definitely strange but I enjoyed watching it--the plot is very different from other movies I've seen, although there are a lot of parts of it that are just perturbing.
Published 1 day ago by Mariany Gainza
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie with silly ending
I thought about the first 3/4 part of the movie was great. I didn't like how the movie ended though. It was kind of silly and illogical ending.
Published 1 day ago by Darin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 days ago by Paul W. Zullo
5.0 out of 5 stars Would definitely recommend.
Very unique movie. The writing is unlike anything I've seen before. It seemed very believable and it was a little disturbing at the same time. Would definitely recommend.
Published 4 days ago by Nick genius
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Viewing
Perfect film. Totally absorbing and slightly disturbing in its ideas. That's because they ring true to our base human nature. Smarter than any horror film, just as scary. Read more
Published 6 days ago by T. Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully made. Interesting story line
Beautifully made. Interesting story line. Worth a watch.
Published 6 days ago by Mel C
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst movie ever
The worst movie ever. I only watched it, because I knew Alan Rickman was in it, and I'm a huge fan of his. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Toni
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad but Not Good
The movie is true to the book for the most part. The few sections that the movie leaves out are the weaker sections of the book, so they made the right editing decisions as far as... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Jordan Loney
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Very strange plot... Almost disturbing!
Published 8 days ago by Mark Vyrros
3.0 out of 5 stars Not entertaining- Strange, but well done.
This film was amazing in every way except it would be a real stretch to call it enjoyable. Hints of Tennessee Williams especially at the very end. Read more
Published 10 days ago by SilentMira
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