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. 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.
At one of the very first scenes of Jean-Baptiste execution, right before crowd starts fighting for the best place to see it, an antenna can be seen next to the balcony where the authorities and Laura's father are standing. It is easily identifiable as the peak of Calatrava Telecommunications Tower at Montuich mountain at Barcelona, which is quite near the building where the scene was shot. See more »
Performed by Saboï and its Members
Asta Coulomb, Christian Coulomb, Sebastien Coulomb, François Hecquet, Bertrand Mercier, Nicolas Pillard,
Edo Pols, Jocelyn Raulet, Simon Staelens, Remi Tran-No
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With "The Perfume" it's like with any blockbuster movie: if the critics
praise it, it's horrible - if the critics hate it, it's brilliant.
I had the chance to watch a preview of "The Perfume" tonight and I was
very surprised: this movie is really good! 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. You couldn't have done
this much better without the use of real scents at theatres.
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.
It's a very good adaption of Süskind's novel, sticking to the original
plot concerning the major events, leaving away unnecessary subplots
(although it's a pity that funny "lethal gas"-plot was cut out!) and
shortening long passages. The result is well-constructed movie that is
The actors, especially Whishaw who plays Grenouille, have done a very
good job. 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. Whishaw's half-crazy, scary gaze made me shiver.
Dustin Hoffman as old and unsuccessful parfumeur Baldini was very
convincing... I loved the way he talks to Grenouille arrogantly
although he recognizes how much more talent the young man has. Baldini
is always good for a laugh.
The only thing to criticize is that the movie is not as brutal as the
novel. I think they wanted to avoid the FSK 16 rating and so didn't
show much violence, which in my opinion would have been necessary if
you wanted the movie to have the same shocking impact on the audience
as the novel. For example I was really shocked by the end of the novel
in the movie you hardly see what happens.
However, it's really a thrilling story visualized excellently - go to
the movies and watch "The Perfume"! You won't be disappointed.
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