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Perfume (2001)

R | | Drama | 26 January 2001 (USA)
A week in the lives of a group of models, photographers, agents, reporters, publicists and other characters during a wild modeling show in New York City.

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Michael Rymer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lysa Apostle Lysa Apostle ... Melissa
Joanne Baron ... Janice Crawford
Morena Baccarin ... Monica
Kylie Bax ... Maitre D'
Angela Bettis ... Wilemina
Heather J. Braden ... Model
Sônia Braga ... Irene Mancini (as Sonia Braga)
D.W. Brown ... Morton
Chemin-Martinez Carroll Chemin-Martinez Carroll ... Posse Member 13
Hunter Carson ... Peter McMichaels
Murielle Arden Murielle Arden ... Heidi (as Murielle Cohen)
Carol Commissiong Carol Commissiong ... Vendela
Sara Conca Sara Conca ... Model #2
Eve Cook Eve Cook ... Model
Coolio ... T
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Storyline

'Perfume' chronicles one week in the lives of over a dozen people involved in the magazine and entertainment business of New York City. 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. Lorenzo's son Mario is a recording promoter who's latest client is hip-hop rapper J.B.. Roberta is a designer hard-pressed to fill out a latest dress design for the next Broadway show her group is putting on. 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. Leese Hotton is a has-been model/actress trying to make a comeback into the spotlight; Janice Crawford is a wealthy publisher and control freak whose problems escalate with the arrival of her estranged teenage daughter Halley whom Janice abandoned her and everything else for her career years ... Written by Matt Patay

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dress to Kill See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

27 members of the cast had or would go on to appear in the Law & Order (1990) franchise (14 in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) alone), including series stars Mariska Hargitay ("SVU"), Jeff Goldblum (Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001)) and Paul Sorvino (original series). See more »

Quotes

Guido: Were do you keep the batteries, if you don't mind me asking?
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References The Mighty Mouse Playhouse (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Corozon Lastimada
Written by Frank Fitzpatrick
Performed by Hidden Faces
Published by Whammy Whoa Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Envisage Entertainment
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Unexpectedly Ambitious
13 February 2006 | by aimless-46See all my reviews

Wow, I never expected to find myself in the position of defending a film like "Perfume" which I only watched because Angela Bettis had a small role. But having recently viewed similar fashion industry/magazine films, "Fashionably LA" and "The Intern", I am unexpectedly well versed in this narrow sub-genre. Coming from that perspective "Perfume" is a lyrical masterpiece, both more ambitious and more successful than those two disasters. But since everything is relative this comparison may not translate into anything very useful for the prospective viewer.

First on the agenda is a cautionary statement about the trailer, the DVD cover, and the general promotional campaign. The cast is grossly misrepresented. Carmen Electra is given first billing but appears in only one short scene, a wide shot of her talking to Paul Sorvino. Supermodel Estella Warren is highlighted on the promotional poster but is just window dressing in two scenes. The five biggest parts are played by Rita Wilson, Leslie Munn, Joanne Baron, Jared Harris, and Sorvino, none of whom are even mentioned in the promotional materials.

But promotional misrepresentation, even to this extreme, has no relationship to the quality of the film. What "Perfume" has going for it (like Robert Altman's "Pret a Porter") is success working on two levels, as a glimpse inside the fashion industry and as a metaphorical extension (of what it reveals) to our day-to-day struggle in the competitive world. Whether we are artists, artisans, robots, or drones; each day is one of struggle with external competitors and internal demons.

How well the film works for individual viewers will be determined by the identification process, which will naturally be easier for those familiar with the world of high fashion or with other environments where creativity is exploited for profit.

Although "Perfume" was a scripted film there is considerable improvisation in the performances, with mixed results. For example, Harris and Mariel Hemingway do a photographer/model photo shoot where his improv is excellent and hers is somewhat lame. Although this initially seems like poor directing, on reflection it is more authentic than giving Hemingway carefully scripted lines and a smooth delivery.

"Perfume" is recommended for those who might identify with its setting or its themes. The production design, the editing, and the soundtrack are first class. But if you are annoyed rather than challenged by films with an elliptical storytelling technique and many characters you would do well to give this one a wide berth.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.


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