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    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

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    In 18th-century France, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, orphaned as a newborn in the streets of Paris, is alone in the world. A peculiar child who rarely speaks, Grenouille is alienated from others but blessed with a remarkable gift. His sense of smell is so refined, so attuned to every blade of grass and blossoming flower, that itís tragic when heís sold into servitude to a tannery at the age of 13 and surrounded by the foul odors that accompany his labor. But there comes a day when Grenouille does an errand in town and discovers the object that will transform his life: perfume. Eager to learn the art of creating sophisticated fragrance, he apprentices himself to a once-renowned perfumer, and proves to be a savant whose almost mystical knowledge of scent surpasses anything that can be taught to him by masters of the craft. Ironically, he was born with no scent of his own, a distinction which colors his undistinguished life. But Grenouille is fearless when it comes to the pursuit of a perfect perfume. When he discovers the most intoxicating scent he has ever experienced--the natural fragrance of a beautiful young girl--he learns that the only method to preserve her innocence and fresh beauty will require murder. Plaguing the countryside with a series of gruesome killings, Grenouille must stay one step ahead of the authorities until he captures the final ingredient for his greatest perfume--the essence of a beautiful redheaded girl whose wealthy father earnestly protects her. Only then, he believes, will he earn the attention and adulation that his extraordinary talent deserves.

    Director Credit
    Tom Tykwer Director
    Cast Credit
    Ben Whishaw Jean-Baptiste Grenouille
    Dustin Hoffman Giuseppe Baldini
    Alan Rickman Antoine Richis
    Rachel Hurd-Wood Laura Richis
    Corinna Harfouch Madame Arnulfi
    John Hurt Narrator
    Karoline Herfurth The Plum Girl
    David Calder Bishop of Grasse
    Simon Chandler Mayor of Grasse
    Sian Thomas Madame Gaillard

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    I was just reading about this movie in Interview magazine. It's intriguing to see a movie where smell is such an important part of the story. The plot seems creepy, but it also seems like a risky movie to make. (I suppose it was a book too, though.)
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    Hepcat, it is indeed based on a book, Le Parfum, and a good one at that. It came out in German in 1985, then was translated in French a little after.

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    Thanks, DesertRose. It sounds like a good one to track down and read.
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