. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer 2006 Subtitles Jean-Baptiste Grenouille came into the world unwanted, expected to die, yet born with an unnerving sense of smell that created alienation as well as talent. I strongly have to disagree with that. The story and the film may have their flaws, but they also have outstanding qualities and in a perfect world Tom Tykwer should receive an award for his superb adaptation of the splendid book by Patrick Susskind. Dustin Hoffman as old and unsuccessful parfumeur Baldini was very convincing. After growing to maturity as a tanner's apprentice, he makes his first delivery to Paris, where he revels in the new odors. I saw the movie one hour ago and have just read some comments.
Tom Tykwer beautifully achieves to always put the audience in the right mood, with the help of an amazing soundtrack and great camera work. One could criticize that Ben Wishaw is too good looking for the part but we have to keep in mind that this story is supposed to be about the character of Grenouille and the way he himself sees his live. Wonderful cast even Hoffman is excellent! For example I was really shocked by the end of the novel - in the movie you hardly see what happens. The film begins with the sentencing of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille Ben Whishaw , a notorious murderer. Whishaw's half-crazy, scary gaze made me shiver. You couldn't have done this much better without the use of real scents at theatres.
Since to him, the smell is the soul of every being, his appearance does not matter to him. Of all the smells around him, Grenouille is beckoned to the scent of a woman's soul, and spends the rest of his life attempting to smell her essence again by becoming a perfumer, and creating the essence of an innocence lost. There are of course some parts missing or changed if you compare novel and movie, but that is always the case with adaptations. A great, great movie about sensuality, desire, greed. Baldini is always good for a laugh. In summary, a really great film, but probably best if you have read the book beforehand.
Other characters are Jamie, a crafty agent whose latest client, Camille finds success but affects their relationship in ways he never planned and fails to deal with. To prevent her from crying out, he covers the girl's mouth and unintentionally suffocates her. The result is well-constructed movie that is worth seeing. So we might as well thank Tom Tykwer for casting an actor who is pretty decent to look at for two and half hours. Please watch this movie without any prejudices. His search takes a deadly turn, and when the bodies of 12 young females are found, panic breaks out, with families rushing to lock up their daughters.
Of course it is visually overwhelming and not only with pictures of pretty flowers and sounds of the wind softly shaking the trees on a warm summer night but what is this movie, if not a piece about the sensuality of the human being? He becomes obsessed with capturing an elusive aroma: the scent of young womanhood. Between the reading of the sentence and the execution, the story of his life is told in flashback, beginning with his abandonment at birth in a French fish market. It's really unusual, as the novel is. Lorenzo's son Mario is a recording promoter who's latest client is hip-hop rapper J. Hoffman, who really does not have the stature of a master Parisian perfumer kept me completely enthralled.
People who are used to fast Hollywood Movies certainly won't be satisfied with this movie. Unfortunately, much of the book had to be skipped in the interest of time much of Grenouille's childhood is glossed over and the bit after the cave visit is completely omitted. However, I'll keep on dwelling in the magic of the movie, looking forward to other more positive comments. Like in the novel, Grenouille is an ambivalent character and you never know whether to love him for his genius talent or to hate him for his cruel murders. Okay, it can't actually make you smell all the scents and odours, but the images and the music allow you to experience the atmosphere and the emotions Grenouille is feeling when he takes in the scents of his environment. And even if that does not work you can still just enjoy a beautifully told story.
Although much of the story is told by a narrative voice mostly quotes from the novel , the movie is still thrilling and exciting all the way. Storyline: Perfume 2001 'Perfume' chronicles one week in the lives of over a dozen people involved in the magazine and entertainment business of New York City. I loved the way he talks to Grenouille arrogantly although he recognizes how much more talent the young man has. We see close-ups on maggots crawling around and fish getting their heads chopped of but also human bodies in all their perfection and people declaring their honest love for one another. So my personal opinion is that The Parfume Movie is one of the few good adaptations, because it eagerly tries to convey the complicated world of smells and the world of Grenouille and also achieves it in many ways. The actors, especially Whishaw who plays Grenouille, have done a very good job. Sometimes they are captivating, sometimes awful, but they are always fascinating.
The central characters include Italian designer Lorenzo Mancini who learns that he's dying from cancer and decides to get his affairs in order with his wife Irine and his business partner Guido. Raised in an orphanage, Grenouille grows into a strangely detached boy with a superhuman sense of smell. The only thing to criticize is that the movie is not as brutal as the novel. This motion picture however comes very close to it. Either way, you will be touched. Despite this, the atmospheric sets and brilliant acting with the exception of a disappointing Mr. Roberta is a designer hard-pressed to fill out a latest dress design for the next Broadway show her group is putting on.