“With Dustin Hoffman and Alan Rickman headlining an all-star cast, ‘Perfume’ tells the story of a French peasant blessed and cursed with a sense of smell so keen it is his primary experience of the world. But when first aroused by a young woman’s scent, his desire to forever capture her essence quickly mutates into a dark and deadly erotic compulsion.
The terror and tension mount with each beautiful victim in this spellbinding tale that culminates in a finale as unexpected as it is unforgettable.”
“Perfume – The Story of a Murderer” is rated R for aberrant behavior involving nudity, violence, sexuality, and disturbing images.
On the bright side, “Perfume” is a beautifully shot film. The sets, costumes, and cinematography are all stunning. The acting is also superb. Ben Whishaw as Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is excellent. He manages to be sympathetic and utterly repugnant at the same time. Smaller roles by Dustin Hoffman as Giuseppe Baldini and Alan Rickman as Richis are also a lot of fun to watch. So if you can ignore the bizarre ending and the disturbing horror, it’s a pretty good movie.
I’d recommend “Perfume” to anyone who read the book, fans of Hoffman and Rickman, fans of European cinema, and anyone that likes movies about serial killers. These fans are the ones who will be most receptive to this movie.
There is only one bonus feature on this DVD. It’s the featurette “The Story of Perfume” and it runs 14 minutes long. The director and creators talk about the challenges of adapting the novel, scouting locations, casting, etc. You’ll see interviews with Hoffman and Rickman, behind the scenes footage, and more.