R | | Crime, Drama
Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw), born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent.
Patrick Süskind is known to be very skeptical, and for a long time did not want to sell the movie rights to his novel. His experience with Producer and Screenwriter Bernd Eichinger, and others who desperately wanted to turn "Das Parfum" into a movie, was shown in the satire Rossini (1997), for which he wrote the screenplay. His character was the strange author, Jakob Windisch. Bernd Eichinger was portrayed in the character Oskar Reiter. In Rossini, the book, over which everybody was fighting, was changed into a novel about the Loreley-legend. Other characters in this movie are caricatures of the Munich media business.
Quick. We can't hold them back much longer. Hurry. Come on!
The method of enfleurage that Grenouille is first seen practicing is called cold enfleurage - placing live botanicals in a layer of lard or tallow set in a frame. However, this method of enfleurage was not developed until the 1800's. The movie is set in the mid 1700's.
€154,604 (Netherlands) (10 December 2006)