The Perfumier – Movie Review
Director: Nils Willbrandt
Writer: Nils Willbrandt, Kim Zimmermann (Screenplay)
- August Diehl
- Robert Finster
- Anne Muller
- Email Schule
- Ludwig Simon
Plot: A police detective tries to get back his girlfriend as well as his sense of smell, as he gets help from a perfume maker who uses deadly methods to find the perfect perfume.
Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: The Perfumier starts when police detective Sunny (Schule) moves to a new role in a new city to start a new life. Meanwhile Dorian (Simon) a serial killer has been lurking around searching for his latest victims. Sunny ends up clashing into this life after the latest victim is someone, she offered a ride to.
Now Sunny is tracking a lead in Rex (Muller) whom she believes is involved in murders. When Sunny gets Rex locked up, she learns about the perfume she had been creating, as she looks to learn to regain her own sense of smell. This involves using Dorian to help her understand what was missing.
Verdict on The Perfumier
The Perfumier is a crime thriller that explores the dangerous lines between obsession and murder. Following a detective that gets caught up wanting to fix her own flaw, she risks everything hunting down a killer who could fix her.
This is a story that does create an interesting hunt for a killer and an interesting connection created. One that doesn’t ever feel like it should work. It comes off as very fantasy-driven, rather than an intense thriller it looks to create within itself. Everything feels outside of the box, more than it needs to and fails to address the seriousness of the crimes.
Where to Watch: The Perfumier is available on Netflix
Final Thoughts – The Perfumier is a very spacey thriller than fails to connect.