TV tip: A brilliantly staged serial killer epic - murder has seldom been so beautiful

  • Published: 2023/05/04 13:30

    Author: Monta Alaine


When Patrick Süskind published "Perfume - The Story of a Murderer" in 1985, he had a surprise success: Hardly any other German book has sold so well worldwide, hardly any other has stayed on the bestseller lists in Germany for so long. It was considered unfilmable and it was not without reason that Süskind hesitated for a while before selling the film rights. In the end he did it and so the implementation went to the German film greats Bernd Eichinger ("Der Untergang", "Resident Evil") and Tom Tykwer ("Run Lola Run", "Cloud Atlas"). And 20 years after the publication of the novel, Tom Tykwer achieved the impossible: He translated Süskind's novel into film and did it with brilliantly staged images - which can now also be admired on television: You can see "The Perfume" on May 4th today See 2023 at 8:15 p.m. on rbb. Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw) was born an oddball: left to die by his mother in the fish market, he survived and has brought misfortune to everyone he meets ever since. His special feature is his fine nose, with which he can recognize smells from afar. Obsessed with creating the perfect scent, he apprentices with perfumer Baldini (Dustin Hoffman). But it is a completely different scent that Grenouille is after: Because nothing smells sweeter than beautiful women... By the way, if you can't make it to tune in tonight, you can also stream The Perfume on Paramount+. The trial subscription is free for seven days here: In "Perfume" Tom Tykwer creates glossy images of an aesthetic brilliance that give the viewer the feeling of being able to smell the narrated world for themselves. The skilful use of light and shadow, dynamic tracking shots and carefully crafted costumes and backdrops create an impressive visual harmony. A harmony that can sometimes even be described as "too harmonious": One point of criticism of the novel adaptation was that it didn't do enough justice to the apostasy, the darkness of the protagonist from the original. However, this does not noticeably reduce the entertainment value and enjoyment of the film - especially if you do not know the novel. Because the acting performance of the actors is nevertheless remarkable: Above all Ben Whishaw as Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, who has to let his nose and face do the talking due to the lack of text. Whishaw impressively conveys the inner conflict and obsession of his character and gives the role an unsettling presence. The top-class supporting actors such as Dustin Hoffman as perfumer Giuseppe Baldini and Alan Rickman as Antoine Richis also enrich the film with their multi-faceted performances. Overall, Perfume is an aesthetically pleasing and captivating film that transports us into the dark world of obsession and desire. Tom Tykwer's exceptional flair for direction and imagery makes this film a haunting and unforgettable experience that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled memory remains. *These links are so-called affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links or subscribe, we will receive a commission. This has no effect on the price.