Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)


Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

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Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw) 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 of 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.

- Director: Tom Tykwer

- Based on : Perfume by Patrick Süskind

- Screenplay by : Andrew Birkin, Bernd Eichinger, Tom Tykwer.

- Edited by : Alexander Berner

- Music by : Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek, Tom Tykwer.

- Budget: $60 million

- Box office: $135 million

- Producers: Bernd Eichinger

- Cinematography : Frank Griebe

- Production companies: Castelao Productions, Neff Productions, VIP Medienfunds 4.

- Distributed by : DreamWorks Pictures, Constantin Film (Germany), Metropolitan Filmexport (France).

- Running time : 147 minutes

- Country : Germany, France, Spain.

- Language : English

- Initial release: September 14, 2006 (Germany), October 4, 2006 (France), November 24, 2006 (Spain).

Tom Tykwer ( Director )
Patrick Süskind ( "Perfume"Novel Written By )
Reinhold Heil ( Music By )


Ben Whishaw as Jean-Baptiste Grenouille
Simon Chandler as Mayor of Grasse
David Calder as Bishop of Grasse
Richard Felix as Chief Magistrate
Birgit Minichmayr as Grenouille's Mother
Sian Thomas as Madame Gaillard
Michael Smiley as Porter
Franck Lefeuvre as Grenouille 12 Years
Karoline Herfurth as The Plum Girl
Dustin Hoffman as Giuseppe Baldini
Carolina Vera as Neapolitan Girl
Rachel Hurd-Wood as Laura
Alan Rickman as Richis
Sara Forestier as Jeanne
Ramon Pujol as Lucien


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