2006 **** 147 mins.
When I first read Patrick Suskind's book, upon which this film is based, I was curious as to whether or not the film would tackle the difficult ending. Would they present it as it was written, or would they Hollywood-ize it, dulling it down for mainstream audiences? Well, I'm happy to say that this film does the book justice in every way. There a few nitpicky technical details about the film that I felt could have been better, but on the whole, it's a great film, and a great representation of Suskind's book. It's definitely not a film for the masses, as it requires you to think and analyze. Perfume tells the story of a young man in 18th century France, from his strange birth, through his adolescence, and into adulthood, as he slowly becomes a man who kills women in an attempt to preserve their scent. Wonderfully acted by an incredible cast, the film is expertly directed by Tom Tykwer.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (Super 35)
Rated R for aberrant behavior involving nudity, violence, sexuality, and disturbing images.
From the Novel by
Andrew Birkin & Bernd Eichinger & Tom Tykwer