Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) Movie

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Ratings / Votes
7.5/ 10 (116931 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated R for aberrant behavior involving nudity, violence, sexuality, and disturbing images

Production Company
Castelao Producciones [es] - (co-production)
Constantin Film Produktion [de]
Davis-Films [fr]
Ikiru Films [es] - (delegate production)
Nouvelles Éditions de Films (NEF) [fr] - (co-production)

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(Germany) - 7 September 2006
(Germany) - 14 September 2006
(Russia) - 14 September 2006
(Switzerland) - 14 September 2006
(Ukraine) - 14 September 2006

Running Time

He lived to find beauty. He killed to possess it. Based on the best-selling novel Enter an intoxicating world of passion, obsession and murder Obsession can cause the unthinkable.

1700s, 1730s, 1740s, 18th-century, accidental-killing, angel, apple, baby-boy, bad-smell, bare-breasts, bare-chested-male, bare-chested-male-bondage, barn, based-on-novel, bathing, beach, beating, bee, birth, birthday-party, bludgeoning, boat, bonfire, bound-in-chains, breaking-leg,

Technical Support
CAM:Arricam LT, Zeiss Master Prime, Master Zoom, Angenieux Optimo and Kenworthy Lenses
CAM:Arricam ST, Zeiss Master Prime, Master Zoom, Angenieux Optimo and Kenworthy Lenses
CAM:Arriflex 435, Zeiss Master Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
MET:4043 m - (Sweden)
MET:4067 m - (Portugal, 35 mm)
OFM:35 mm - (Kodak Vision2 100T 5212, Vision2 200T 5217, Vision2 500T 5218)
PCS:Digital Intermediate - (2K) (master format)
PCS:Super 35 - (3-perf) (source format)
PFM:35 mm - (anamorphic) (Kodak Vision 2383)
RAT:2.35 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Albiol, Francesc as [Court Official] <2>
  2. Arquimbau, Enric as [Executioner] <56>
  3. Ayesa, Guillermo as [Tallien] <43>
  4. Baixas, Nico as [Guard - Torture Chamber] <55>
  5. Berrondo, Paul as [Druot] <37>
  6. Bordoy, Miquel as (uncredited) [Rural Orgy]
  7. Bosch, Òscar as
  8. Calder, David as [Bishop of Grasse] <7>
  9. Chandler, Simon (I) as [Mayor of Grasse] <6>
  10. Collins-Moore, Richard as [Innkeeper] <53>
  11. Cortés, Jan as (as Jan Cortes) [Boy - Boarding House] <18>
  12. Cots, Walter as (as Walter Cots Wangüemert) [Driver] <16>
  13. Cunill, Gonzalo as [Guard 1 Dungeon] <3>
  14. Davies, Timothy (I) as [Chenier] <28>
  15. Douglas, Sam (I) as [Grimal] <22>
  16. Felix, Richard (III) as [Chief Magistrate] <8>
  17. Gordon, Harris (II) as [Marquis de Montesquieu] <40>
  18. Gramaje, Carlos as [Police Lieutenant - Fishmarket] <13>
  19. Gutiérrez, Pedro (I) as (uncredited) [Extra]
  20. Harper, Toby as [Police Lieutenant] <46>
  21. Herrera, Andrés (I) as (as Andres Herrera) [Door Guard] <5>
  22. Hoffman, Dustin as [Giuseppe Baldini] <29>
  23. Hurt, John as (voice) [Narrator] <62>
  24. Lefeuvre, Franck as [Grenouille - 12 Years] <21>
  25. Lenox, Thomas as [Messenger] <52>
  26. Manuel, Jordi as (uncredited) [Rural Orgy]
  27. Mestres, Ricardo (II) as
  28. Millward, Perry as [Marcel] <17>
  29. Montané, Jaume (I) as (as Jaume Montane) [Pélissier] <24>
  30. Najarro, Jaume as (uncredited) [Rural Orgy]
  31. Pujol, Ramon (I) as [Lucien] <35>
  32. Pérez, Albert (I) as (as Albert Perez) [Councillor 4] <50>
  33. Quintana, Alberto (I) as (uncredited) [Rural Orgy]
  34. Reixach, Fermí as (as Fermi Reixach) [Councillor 2] <48>
  35. Rickman, Alan as [Antoine Richis] <33>
  36. Roque, Alvaro as [Grenouille - 5 Years] <20>
  37. Sala, Artur as [Gatekeeper] <51>
  38. Salvany, Roger as [Guard 2 Dungeon] <4>
  39. Serna, Carlos (III) as (uncredited) [Rural Orgy]
  40. Serrats, Joan as [Upholsterer] <23>
  41. Smee, Derek as [Councillor 3] <49>
  42. Smiley, Michael as [Porter] <15>
  43. Sánchez, Sergi Atencia as (uncredited) [Companion of Grenouille]
  44. Tramvia, Oriol as [Land Priest] <57>
  45. Whishaw, Ben as [Jean-Baptiste Grenouille] <1>
  46. Willis, Jerome as [Councillor 1] <47>
  47. Wilson, Reg (I) as [Customer - Fishmarket] <10>
  48. Zamora, Abel as
  49. Boisgontier, Catherine as [Woman - Fishmarket] <11>
  50. Cabrol, Ariadna as [Beggar Woman 1] <60>
  51. Capdet, Carme as (uncredited) [Customer of Giussepe Baldini]
  52. Casas, Núria as (as Nuria Casas) [Woman 2 - Fishmarket] <12>
  53. Contreras, Carme as (uncredited) [Party Guest]
  54. Diogene, Anna as [Tallien's Wife] <44>
  55. Forestier, Sara as [Jeanne] <34>
  56. Gelman, Anna as [Albine] <41>
  57. Gelman, Laura as [Françoise] <42>
  58. Goulart, Susana as (uncredited) [Extra]
  59. Griffiths, Joanna (I) as [Marianne] <38>
  60. Harfouch, Corinna as [Madame Arnulfi] <36>
  61. Herfurth, Karoline as [The Plum Girl] <27>
  62. Huguet, Aina as
  63. Hurd-Wood, Rachel as [Laura] <32>
  64. Jenkinson, Maia as [Beggar Woman 2] <61>
  65. Jové, Duna as (as Duna Jove) [Young Woman] <26>
  66. Masó, Montserrat as (as Montserrat Maso) [Housekeeper] <45>
  67. McConnell, Bridget as (as Bridget McDonnel) [Aunt] <25>
  68. Minichmayr, Birgit as [Grenouille's Mother] <9>
  69. Piñón, Francesca as (as Francesca Piñon) [Innkeeper's Wife] <54>
  70. Romano, Dora as [Baldini's Wife] <30>
  71. Ros, Berta as [Girl - Boarding House] <19>
  72. Schwarz, Jessica as [Natalie] <39>
  73. Solà, Cristina as (as Cristina Sola) [Woman with Bishop] <58>
  74. Thomas, Sian (I) as [Madame Gaillard] <14>
  75. Vera, Carolina as [Neapolitan Girl] <31>
  76. Vidal, Laura (III) as (as Laura Vidal Traver) [Hangover Girl] <59>


  1. Drama
  2. Fantasy

Full Plot

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born in the stench of eighteenth century Paris, develops a superior olfactory sense, which he uses to create the world's finest perfumes. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he tries to preserve scents in the search for the ultimate perfume. Nuno Cordeiro Plot not found

Total Business

AD: 918,692 (France) (31 December 2006) AD: 880,494 (France) (7 November 2006) AD: 828,969 (France) (31 October 2006) AD: 705,982 (France) (24 October 2006) AD: 5,462,763 (Germany) (31 December 2006) AD: 5,324,426 (Germany) (12 November 2006) AD: 5,233,802 (Germany) (5 November 2006) AD: 3,163,037 (Germany) (1 October 2006) AD: 1,041,683 (Germany) (17 September 2006) AD: 212,099 (Netherlands) (31 December 2007) AD: 103,480 (Netherlands) (31 December 2006) AD: 1,413,073 (Spain) (31 January 2007) BT: EUR 50,000,000 CP: Constantin Film Produktion GmbH / Film & Entertainment VIP Medienfonds 4 GmbH & CO. KG / NEF Productions S.A. / Castelao Productions SA GR: USD 2,208,939 (USA) (25 February 2007) GR: USD 2,170,346 (USA) (18 February 2007) GR: USD 2,101,584 (USA) (11 February 2007) GR: USD 1,997,001 (USA) (4 February 2007) GR: USD 1,860,928 (USA) (28 January 2007) GR: USD 1,648,422 (USA) (21 January 2007) GR: USD 1,349,523 (USA) (14 January 2007) GR: USD 690,534 (USA) (7 January 2007) GR: USD 75,893 (USA) (31 December 2006) GR: GBP 1,016,645 (UK) (7 January 2007) GR: GBP 485,200 (UK) (31 December 2006) GR: USD 129,957,030 (Worldwide) (except USA) GR: USD 132,180,323 (Worldwide) GR: USD 1,725,875 (Belgium) (3 December 2006) GR: USD 222,403 (Czech Republic) (7 January 2007) GR: USD 297,948 (Denmark) (7 January 2007) GR: USD 6,175,228 (France) (7 November 2006) GR: USD 49,805,474 (Germany) (26 November 2006) GR: EUR 35,726,599 (Germany) (5 October 2006) GR: USD 3,639,053 (Italy) (22 October 2006) GR: EUR 1,107,626 (Netherlands) (21 January 2007) GR: EUR 172,018 (Netherlands) (10 December 2006) GR: USD 643,903 (Portugal) (3 January 2007) GR: USD 302,753 (Portugal) (22 November 2006) GR: USD 9,262,325 (Russia) (26 November 2006) GR: USD 9,208,145 (Russia) (29 October 2006) GR: USD 9,066,296 (Russia) (15 October 2006) GR: USD 8,064,623 (Russia) (1 October 2006) GR: USD 21,644 (Serbia and Montenegro) (3 January 2007) GR: USD 9,409,227 (Spain) (7 January 2007) GR: USD 2,145,516 (Spain) (26 November 2006) GR: USD 1,127,874 (Ukraine) (22 October 2006) OW: USD 55,527 (USA) (31 December 2006) (3 screens) OW: GBP 485,200 (UK) (31 December 2006) (210 screens) OW: EUR 154,604 (Netherlands) (10 December 2006) (49 screens) SD: 12 July 2005 - October 2005 WG: USD 22,686 (USA) (25 February 2007) (42 screens) WG: USD 42,902 (USA) (18 February 2007) (26 screens) WG: USD 66,764 (USA) (11 February 2007) (41 screens) WG: USD 80,659 (USA) (4 February 2007) (47 screens) WG: USD 125,448 (USA) (28 January 2007) (60 screens) WG: USD 188,409 (USA) (21 January 2007) (69 screens) WG: USD 390,518 (USA) (14 January 2007) (280 screens) WG: USD 592,488 (USA) (7 January 2007) WG: USD 55,527 (USA) (31 December 2006) (3 screens) WG: GBP 219,565 (UK) (7 January 2007) (129 screens) WG: GBP 485,200 (UK) (31 December 2006) (210 screens) WG: EUR 65,246 (Netherlands) (21 January 2007) (51 screens) WG: EUR 154,604 (Netherlands) (10 December 2006) (49 screens)

Movie Certificate

12 (Germany)(f)
12 (Czech Republic)
15 (UK)
15A (Ireland)
14 (Switzerland)(canton of Vaud)
14 (Switzerland)(canton of Geneva)
K-15 (Finland)
12 (Netherlands)
R21 (Singapore)
16 (Brazil)
IIB (Hong Kong)
PG-12 (Japan)
15 (Sweden)
15 (South Korea)
18PL (Malaysia)
16 (Argentina)
18 (Spain)
MA (Australia)
M/16 (Portugal)(Qualidade)
R-18 (Philippines)
18 (Peru)
R16 (New Zealand)
14 (Chile)


  1. Griebe, Frank (director of photography)

Dress Designers

  1. Gayraud, Pierre-Yves


Bazuca Films [cl] - (2007) (Chile) (theatrical)
Blitz [hr] - (200?) (Croatia) (theatrical)
Cinergia [ua] - (2006) (Ukraine) (theatrical)
Constantin Film [de] - (2006) (Austria) (theatrical)
Constantin Film [de] - (2006) (Germany) (theatrical)
Distribution Company [ar] - (2007) (Argentina) (theatrical)
DreamWorks Distribution [us] - (2006) (USA) (theatrical)
DreamWorks Home Entertainment [us] - (2007) (USA) (DVD)
DreamWorks SKG [us] - (2006) (USA) (theatrical)
Film1 [nl] - (2008) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
Filmax Home Video [es] - (2007) (Spain) (DVD)
Filmax [es] - (2006) (Spain) (theatrical)
GAGA [jp] - (2007) (Japan) (theatrical)
GAGA [jp] - (2007) (Japan) (DVD)
Gativideo [ar] - (2007) (Argentina) (DVD)
Highlight Film [de] - (2007) (Germany) (DVD)
Metropolitan Filmexport [fr] - (2006) (France) (theatrical)
Net5 [nl] - (2009) (Netherlands) (TV)
Noori Pictures [kr] - (2007) (South Korea) (all media)
Nordisk Film Theatrical Distribution [fi] - (2007) (Finland) (theatrical)
Nordisk Film [se] - (2007) (Sweden) (theatrical)
Nordisk Film [se] - (2007) (Sweden) (DVD)
Odeon [gr] - (2006) (Greece) (all media)
Paramount Pictures [us] - (2006) (USA) (theatrical)
Pathé Distribution [gb] - (2006) (UK) (theatrical)
Pathé Pictures International [gb] - (2006) (UK) (theatrical)
RCV Film Distribution [nl] - (2006) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
RCV Home Entertainment [nl] - (2007) (Netherlands) (DVD)
RCV Home Entertainment [nl] - (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
Rialto Film AG [ch] - (2006) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
SPI International [cz] - (2006) (Czech Republic) (theatrical)
Sat.1 [de] - (2009) (Germany) (TV)
Shaw Organisation [sg] - (2007) (Singapore) (theatrical)
Tanweer Films [ae] - (2011) (Bangladesh) (TV)
Tanweer Films [ae] - (2011) (Bhutan) (TV)
Tanweer Films [ae] - (2011) (India) (TV)
Tanweer Films [ae] - (2011) (Maldives) (TV)
Tanweer Films [ae] - (2011) (Nepal) (TV)
Tanweer Films [ae] - (2011) (Pakistan) (TV)
Tanweer Films [ae] - (2011) (Sri Lanka) (TV)
West Video [ru] - (2006) (Russia) (theatrical)

Film Editors

  1. Berner, Alexander


  1. Achelis, Felicitas (legal and business affairs)
  2. Ainaud, Joan-Francesc (architectural and patrimonial care supervisor)
  3. Albrecht, Katrin (catering assistant)
  4. Alvarado, Santiago (I) (additional extras coordinator)
  5. An der Gassen, Franziska (assistant production executive) (as Franziska-Marie Reinhardt)
  6. Andrade, Priscilla (second production assistant: second unit)
  7. Arrieta, David (production runner)
  8. Balada, Eduardo (financial manager: Castelao)
  9. Bartl, Bettina (film unit publicist: Constantin)
  10. Baschny, Regine (unit publicist)
  11. Belenguer, Carol (florist)
  12. Berg, Christopher (project coordinator: dailies)
  13. Biermann, Kerstin (production coordinator)
  14. Binkert, Samuel (II) (catering assistant)
  15. Bordoy, Miquel (stand-in: Alan Rickman)
  16. Bosch, Roger (production runner)
  17. Breton, Marie-Christine (controller: Nouvelles Editions de Films)
  18. Böck, Kerstin (unit publicist)
  19. Camprecios, Xavier (production assistant)
  20. Capdevila, Alex (production runner)
  21. Capdevila, Joan (I) (production assistant)
  22. Casals, Cristian (production runner)
  23. Casorran, Fernando (guard/housekeeper)
  24. Cañas, Neus (location coordinator)
  25. Cerro, Olga Alvariño (legal and business affairs assistant)
  26. Chrisco, Sarl (caterer: Provence)
  27. Climent, Carles (accounting assistant)
  28. Conacher, William (dialogue supervisor)
  29. Cormenzana, Almudena (production coordinator)
  30. Dabrovski, Jacobo (production runner)
  31. Del Caso, Jesus (guard/housekeeper)
  32. del Pozo, Isabel Pérez (accountant) (as Isabel Del Pozo)
  33. Dennler, Marianne (assistant: Bernd Eichinger)
  34. Diez, Anke (accountant)
  35. Domenec, Xavier (assistant location manager)
  36. Donadio, Paula (stand-in: Rachel Hurd-Wood)
  37. Dressnandt, Oliver (personal assistant: Ben Whishaw)
  38. Ferrer, Sylvie (accountant: Nouvelles Editions de Films)
  39. Figols, Carlos (II) (additional choreographer)
  40. Font, Anna Ubach (assistant: delegate producer, Spain)
  41. Forbes, Narissa (dog trainer: Birds & Animals UK)
  42. Forster, Heike (accountant)
  43. Frey, Francois (unit publicist: France) (as François Frey)
  44. Friedl, Thomas Peter (head of distribution and marketing)
  45. Friedl, Thomas Peter (marketing head)
  46. Fuchs, Johanna (legal and business affairs assistant)
  47. Fuster, Lluis (additional choreographer)
  48. Fürbringer, Babette (II) (booking manager)
  49. Garcin, Nuri (location coordinator: second unit, Tortosa)
  50. García, Santiago (XVIII) (catering assistant)
  51. Geisler, Rhea (marketing and publicity assistant)
  52. Ghanai, Darius (title designer)
  53. Gibson, Jane (II) (movement and behavior coach)
  54. Gimeno, Silvia (production runner)
  55. Gomez, Lourdes (I) (catering assistant)
  56. Gossler, Franz (insurance broker)
  57. Goulart, Susana (additional choreographer)
  58. Gregorio, Kilian (production runner)
  59. Gross, Anna (I) (u.s. representative for producers)
  60. Gómez, Iván (I) (location scout) (as Ivan Gomez)
  61. Haidar, Leo (legal counsel)
  62. Harms, Florian (legal counsel: VIP Medienfonds)
  63. Hertwig, Nick (location scout)
  64. Ibañez, Pepa (production runner)
  65. Jakovleski, Tatjana (assistant to executive in charge of production)
  66. Jakovleski, Viktor (additional extras coordinator) (uncredited)
  67. Kaspar, Margot (marketing and publicity assistant)
  68. Keil, Alexander (production runner)
  69. Kempkes, Lukas (legal and business affairs)
  70. Kessler, Katja (III) (legal and business affairs)
  71. Kettler, Martina (merchandising coordinator)
  72. Kirsch, Christopher (I) (set trainee)
  73. Kluge, Sophie Alexandra (personal assistant: Dustin Hoffman)
  74. Koch, Torsten (director of marketing and publicity)
  75. Kohtz, Agnes (set production assistant)
  76. Kohtz, Johanna (chief accountant)
  77. Kregness, Lisa (assistant: Bernd Eichinger, Los Angeles)
  78. Lasso, Araceli (production runner)
  79. Leray, Patricia (continuity: Provence)
  80. Littmann, Christian (laboratory project manager)
  81. Lopez, Ruben (II) (production runner)
  82. Ludovicy, Claude (facilities manager)
  83. Luna, Matias (catering assistant)
  84. Lutz, Nörr Steffenhofer (legal advisor: financing)
  85. Majid, Yasmina (office production executive)
  86. Malet, Lluís (assistant location manager) (as Lluis Malet)
  87. Manteca, Manel (location scout)
  88. Marco, José Luis (III) (accountant) (as Jose Luis Marco)
  89. Marcos, Meritxell (production secretary)
  90. Marin, Arnau (additional choreographer)
  91. Martin, Jordi (II) (caterer: extras, Soain, Moviecaterer's)
  92. Martin, Kinka (production runner)
  93. Martin, Miguel (III) (production runner)
  94. Martínez, Octavi (location manager) (as Ostavi Martinez)
  95. Martínez, Álex (V) (production runner)
  96. Mascotti, Pablo (production assistant)
  97. Masllorens, David (first production assistant)
  98. Mattmann, Andy (caterer: Tout enb Camion) (as Andi Mattmann)
  99. Medir, Mar (location secretary: Girona)
  100. Metz, Marsha (legal and business affairs: US)
  101. Michel, Annegret (legal and business affairs assistant)
  102. Molinas, Sol (production runner)
  103. Mora, Ferran (production trainee)
  104. Morgan, Victoria (I) (production coordinator: rehearsals, London)
  105. Moroder, Jessica (production secretary: Munich unit)
  106. Moyès, Christian (production trainee)
  107. Mune, Rosa (on-set nurse)
  108. Muñoz, Jordi (II) (production runner)
  109. Müller, Jürgen (IV) (choreographer)
  110. Narjes, Eric (production runner)
  111. Nava, Antonia (senior vice president of sales and co-productions: Castelao)
  112. Negre, Pascale Gota (assistant location manager: Provence)
  113. Neufahrt, Eva (controller: VIP Medienfonds)
  114. Nolla, Josep (production trainee)
  115. Norrenberg, Berit (legal counsel: VIP Medienfonds) (as Berit Wetzel)
  116. North, Frédéric (aerial coordinator/pilot)
  117. O'Clery, Cian (I) (production runner: rehearsals, London) (as Cian O'Cleary)
  118. Parrón, Maria (head of business and legal affairs: Castelao) (as Maria Parron)
  119. Piechaczek, David (set production assistant)
  120. Pommorin, Tim (set production assistant)
  121. Popp, Cornelia (unit manager: second unit, Munich)
  122. Poullain, Luc (aerial coordinator)
  123. Puerto, Patricia (payroll coordinator)
  124. Puig Sedó, Irene (production trainee)
  125. Radau, Hans (legal advisor: financing) (as Dr. Hans Radau)
  126. Radmann, Friedrich (legal and business affairs)
  127. Raya, Maria Rosa (on-set nurse)
  128. Reidinger, Josef (laboratory supervisor: ARRI)
  129. Reisecker, Gottfried (lab consultant: Constantin)
  130. Rigol, Alex (production runner)
  131. Rivas, Nancy (continuity: second unit)
  132. Roca, Albert (I) (first production assistant: second unit) (as Alberto Roca)
  133. Rockelmann, Meike (office production executive)
  134. Romeu, Jose Luis (II) (guard/housekeeper)
  135. Rosenbaum, Augustina (catering assistant)
  136. Rosenbaum, Johanna (catering assistant)
  137. Salzmann, Ivan (parking guard)
  138. Samper, Martin (making-of crew coordinator)
  139. Saunnier, Jessie (set trainee)
  140. Schildt, Desiree (assistant: Martin Mosskowics)
  141. Schustermann, Sandra (international marketing coordinator)
  142. Schwoch, Tanja (assistant: Bernd Eichinger)
  143. Schäffler, Sylvia (assistant publicist: Spain)
  144. Semjevski, Nikolai (location manager)
  145. Shaw, Megan (II) (legal and business affairs: U.S.)
  146. Specht, Dorothee (production coordinator)
  147. Stephan, Carsten (studio technician)
  148. Tapia, Octavio (on-set propman)
  149. Tipper, Jackie (personal assistant: Dustin Hoffman)
  150. Tovar Matos, Giordano (stand-in: Ben Whishaw)
  151. Tovar Matos, Luis Alfredo (stand-in: Dustin Hoffman)
  152. Trüby, Larissa (assistant: Tom Tykwer)
  153. Trüby, Larissa (making-of)
  154. Val, Albert (I) (development executive) (uncredited)
  155. Veyssière, Caroline (continuity) (as Carioline Veyssiere)
  156. Vicaria, Manel (press and promotion)
  157. Vignau, Diego (catering assistant)
  158. Vogelbacher, Markus R. (soundstage manager)
  159. Winderlich, Julia (unit publicist)
  160. Wittek, Werner (bodyguard: Dustin Hoffman, Munich)
  161. Woitusch, Sylvi (production assistant: VIP Medienfonds)
  162. Worstbrock, Gero (legal and business affairs)
  163. Yebra, Manuel (co-production assistant: Spain)
  164. Zapater, Xavier (guard/housekeeper)
  165. Zaragüeta, Ainara (accountant)


Antoine Richis: [to his daughter] Last night I dreamt you were dead Antoine Richis: [to his daughter] Whatever his insane scheme is... it will surely be incomplete without you Jean-Baptiste Grenouille: I can make Amour and Psyche for you. Now. Giuseppe Baldini: And you think I'd just let you sop around in my laboratory? With essential oils that are worth are fortune? Jean-Baptiste Grenouille: Yes. Giuseppe Baldini: Pay attention! What's your name, anyway? Jean-Baptiste Grenouille: Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. Giuseppe Baldini: Well, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, you will have the opportunity now to prove yourself. And your grandoise failure will also be a lesson in humility. Jean-Baptiste Grenouille: How much do you want me to make? Giuseppe Baldini: How much of what? Jean-Baptiste Grenouille: How much Amour and Psyche do you want me to make? Shall I fill this flask? [He picks up a large jar] Giuseppe Baldini: No, you shall not! You may fill this one. [He hands Grenouille a small bottle] Jean-Baptiste Grenouille: Yes, Master. Jean-Baptiste Grenouille: That's a really good perfume. [he holds the bottle out to Baldini, who turns away] Don't you want to smell it, Master? Giuseppe Baldini: I'm not in the mood to test it now. I have other things on my mind. Jean-Baptiste Grenouille: But Master... Giuseppe Baldini: Go! Now! Jean-Baptiste Grenouille: Can I come to work for you, Master, can I? Giuseppe Baldini: Let me think about it. Jean-Baptiste Grenouille: Master! I have to learn how to keep smell. Laura Richis: Papa, what's the matter? Antoine Richis: We're going home. Now. Laura Richis: But why? I'm enjoying myself. Antoine Richis: Don't argue with me, Laura! [he starts to drag Laura away] Laura Richis: Stop it! I'm grown up! [Antoine slaps her. She runs away from him] Antoine Richis: [chasing after her] Laura! Laura! Narrator: In the period of which we speak, there reigned in the cities a stench barely conceivable to us modern men and women. Naturally, the stench was foulest in Paris, for Paris was the largest city in Europe. And nowhere in Paris was that stench more profoundly repugnant than in the city's fish-market. It was here then, on the most putrid spot in the whole kingdom, that Jean-Baptiste Grenouille was born on the 17th of July, 1738. It was his mothers fifth birth, she delivered them all here under her fish-stand, and all had been stillbirths or semi-stillbirths. And by evening the whole mess had been shoveled away with the fish-guts into the river. It would be much the same today, but then... Jean-Baptiste chose differently. Antoine Richis: Forgive me... my son. Executioner: He's innocent! Various: He's an angel! Giuseppe Baldini: Because it's a legend, you numbskull. Jean-Baptiste Grenouille: You want to make this leather smell good, don't you? Giuseppe Baldini: Why of course, and so it shall. Jean-Baptiste Grenouille: With Amor and Psyche by Pelissier? Giuseppe Baldini: What ever gave you the absurd idea I would use someone else's perfume? Jean-Baptiste Grenouille: It's all over you. Antoine Richis: Why did you kill my daughter? Jean-Baptiste Grenouille: I just needed her. Antoine Richis: Very well, but remember this... I'll be looking at you when you're laid on the cross and the twelve blows are crashing down on your limbs. When the crowd is finally tired of your screams and wandered home, I will climb up through your blood and sit beside you. I will look deep into your eyes... and drop by drop I will trickle my disgust into them like burning acid until... finally... you perish. [last lines] Narrator: Within no time, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille had disappeared from the face of the earth. When they had finished, they felt a virginal glow of happiness. For the first time in their lives, they believed they had done something purely out of love. [first lines] Court Official: Quick. We can't hold them back much longer. Hurry. Come on! Jean-Baptiste Grenouille: What's a legend? Narrator: He still had enough perfume left to enslave the whole world if he so chose. He could walk to Versailles and have the king kiss his feet. He could write the pope a perfumed letter and reveal himself as the new Messiah. He could do all this, and more, if he wanted to. He possessed a power stronger than the power of money, or terror, or death - the invincible power to command the love of man kind. There was only one thing the perfume could not do. It could not turn him into a person who could love and be loved like everyone else. So, to hell with it he thought. To hell with the world. With the perfume. With himself. Narrator: When Jean-Baptiste did finally learn to speak he soon found that everyday language proved inadequate for all the olfactory experiences accumulating within himself. Narrator: Thus... the first sound to escape Grenouille's lips sent his mother to the gallows. Giuseppe Baldini: Talent means next to nothing, while experience acquired in humility and hard work means everything. Giuseppe Baldini: Now pay attention to what I tell you. Just like a musical chord, a perfume chord contains four essences, or notes, carefully selected for their harmonic affinity. Each perfume contains three chords: the head, the heart and the base, necessitating 12 notes in all. The head chord contains the first impression, lasting a few minutes before giving way to the heart chord, the theme of the perfume, lasting several hours. Finally, the base chord, the trail of the perfume lasting several days. Giuseppe Baldini: Mind you, the Egyptians believed that one can only create a truly original perfume by adding an extra note, one final essence that will ring out and dominate the others. Legend had it that an amphora was once found in a pharaoh's tomb, and when it was opened, a perfume was released, after all those thousands of years, a perfume of such subtle beauty, and yet such power, that for one single moment every person on earth believed they were in paradise. 12 essences could be identified, but the 13th, the vital one, could never be determined. Narrator: For the first time in his life, Grenouille realized that he had no smell of his own. He realized that all his life he had been a nobody to everyone. What he now felt was the fear of his own oblivion. It was a though he did not exist.

Other Titles

  1. Das Parfum - Die Geschichte eines Mörders (2006) (ENG)

  2. El perfume, historia de un asesino (2006) (ENG)
    (Spain) (imdb display title)

  3. Le parfum - Histoire d'un meurtrier (2006) (ENG)

  4. Perfume (2006) (ENG)
    (International: English title) (informal short title)

  5. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) (ENG)
    (International: English title)

  6. Profumo - Storia di un assassino (2006) (ENG)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Barcelona, Catalonia
  2. Bavaria Studios, Munich, Bavaria, Germany - (studio)
  3. Bavaria-Ateliers, Geiselgasteig, Grünwald, Bavaria, Germany - (studio)
  4. Figueras, Catalonia
  5. Girona, Catalonia
  6. Grasse, Alpes-Maritimes, France
  7. Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France
  8. Munich, Bavaria, Germany
  9. Noord-Holland, Netherlands
  10. Paris, France
  11. Tortosa, Catalonia


- 'Ridley Scott' (qv) was attached to the project years before production finally began. 'Tim Burton (I)' (qv) was also considered as director.

- Other directors interested in making this film were 'Martin Scorsese' (qv), 'Milos Forman' (qv) and 'Stanley Kubrick (I)' (qv). In 1990 'Roman Polanski' (qv) gave an interview in which he said producer 'Claude Berri' (qv) wanted him to direct.

- Producer/screenwriter 'Bernd Eichinger' (qv), had been trying to get novelist 'Patrick Süskind' (qv), with whom he was friends, to sell the rights to the novel from the time of its original publication in 1985, and Eichinger very much considered the film to be a dream project. In 2001, he finally managed to convince Suskind to sign over the rights, for 10 million euro.

- Author 'Patrick Süskind' (qv) 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 'Bernd Eichinger' (qv) and others who desperately wanted to turn "Das Parfum" into a movie was shown in the satire _Rossini (1997)_ (qv), for which he wrote the screenplay himself. His character is the strange author Jakob Windisch, Producer 'Bernd Eichinger' (qv)