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Story

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw) is born in undignified circumstances at the Paris fish market in 1738. At a very early age he realises he has a very refined sense of smell.

After surviving the murderous working conditions of the tannery in his youth, Grenouille starts an apprenticeship at the perfumery of Baldini (Dustin Hoffman). He soon surpasses his master at the art of mixing scents but develops an obsession that drives him away from human company.

Possessed by the idea of preserving human aromas, he unscrupulously murders young women whose scent turns his head. The drama takes a twist when Grenouille meets the beautiful Laura (Rachel Hurd-Wood), who for him has a supernatural kind of scent.

While further unexplained murders occur, Laura's father, the merchant Richis (Alan Rickman), suspects that his daughter's life is also in great danger. A real cat-and-mouse game of close fatherly love and deadly passion begins.

Cast

Ben WhishawJean-Baptiste Grenouille
Simon ChandlerMayor of Grasse
Michael SmileyPorter
Karoline HerfurthThe Plum Girl
Dustin HoffmanGiuseppe Baldini
Rachel Hurd-WoodLaura
Alan RickmanAntoine Richis
Sara ForestierJeanne
John HurtNarrator

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