Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy
Director(s): Tom Tykwer
Production: Dreamworks
  15 wins & 18 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
147 min

the bargain was short-lived.

Life expectancy in the tannery

was a mere f/ve years

but Jean-Baptiste proved to be

as tough as a resilient bacterium.

He adjusted to his new fate

and became a paragon

of docility and diligence.

Slaved 15, 16 hours a day,

summer and winter.

Gradually he became aware

of a world beyond the tannery,

where a Utopia of unexplored

smells lay in store for him.


Come with us. I'm taking you

to town for delivery.

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille

had triumphed.

He was alive

and at last he was

in his element.

He was not choosy.

He did not differentiate between

what are good smells from bad,

at least not yet

He was very greedy.

The goal was to possess everything

the world had to offer in odors.

His only condition being,

that they were new ones.

Thousands upon thousands of odors

formed an invisible gruel

which he dissected into its

most remote parts and pieces.


Come on!

Get your ass over here!

He needs two dozen skins

by next week. Can you do that?

- Yeah. Yeah.

- Yeah, come with me.

What is it called?

"Amor and Psyche", madame.

My latest creation.

May I try it?

If you'll allow me, mademoiselle.

Sheer heaven!

Monsieur Pelissier,

you are truly an artiste.

Please, take them.

I've got far too many.

What do you want?

Want to buy some?

Two for a sou.

Next time you run off like that,

I'll kill you!

That night, he could not sleep.

The intoxicating power of the

girl's scent made it clear to him

why he'd come to his own life

so tenaciously, so savagely.

The purpose of his miserable

existence had a higher destiny.

He would learn

how to preserve scent

so that never again would he

lose such sublime beauty.

There were about a dozen

perfumers in Paris in those days.

One of them, the once- celebrated

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Andrew Birkin

Andrew Timothy Birkin (born 9 December 1945) is an English screenwriter, director and occasional actor. He was born the only son of Lieutenant-Commander David Birkin and his wife, the actress Judy Campbell. One of his sisters is the actress and singer Jane Birkin. more…

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