Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
Germany/France/Spain/USA, 2006. Constantin Film, VIP 4 Medienfonds, Nouvelles Editions de Films, Castelao Producciones, Rising Star, Ikiru Films. Screenplay by Andrew Birkin, Bernd Eichinger, Tom Tykwer, based on the novel Das Perfum by Patrick Suskind. Cinematography by Frank Griebe. Produced by Bernd Eichinger. Music by Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek, Tom Tykwer. Production Design by Uli Hanisch. Costume Design by Pierre-Yves Gayraud. Film Editing by Alexander Berner.
Tiresome adaptation of the novel by Patrick Suskind, about a young boy born under a table in a fish market and raised by luck and chance into adulthood in possession of a singular talent: he has an uncanny ability to detect scent about as well as the best bloodhound. What should be the kind of talent that could make him helpful to the police ends up being problematic when his discovery of the scent in women’s bodies draws him to kill them in order to extract their olfactory delights. Ben Whishaw does a great job with the lead, and there are some rich scenes that recreate the period effectively, but it’s a badly paced bore that does not reflect the pleasure of a good book.
European Film Awards: Best European Cinematographer; Prix d’Excellence, for production design
Nominations: Best European Actor (Ben Whishaw); Best European Composer