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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
One secondary character of color near the end of the movie.
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Violence & Scariness
Some horror movie violence and disturbing images. Dead body of a hitchhiker found in a ditch. Search for murderers who remove the glands of their victims. Photos of cadavers, of limbs. A teen neighbor of the lead character is physically abused by his alcoholic father. Character knocked out with a stick, tied up. Man is physically aggressive with his romantic partner, trying to have sex with her while she hasn't consented and is actively resisting. Character shown being attacked on all sides while appearing to be on the verge of being eaten.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters shown and heard having sex; no nudity. Character keeps a collection of nude photos of women. Passionate kissing. Lead character has an affair with her married partner.
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Infrequent profanity. In one scene, lead character mutters "f--k" four times in a row. Also: "bulls--t," "s--t," "a--hole."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine drinking. Beer drinking. A secondary character is an alcoholic who's abusive toward his son. Characters smoke what appears to be opium.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Perfumier is a 2022 German horror-thriller in which a cop tries to regain her sense of smell after losing it while in pursuit of a murderous perfume maker. Expect some violence and disturbing imagery, including photos of a dead hitchhiker, talk of a killer who removes the glands of their victims, and characters knocked out with sticks and then tied up and slapped. Photos of scarred and bloodied dead bodies and severed limbs. In one of the side stories, the teen neighbor of the lead character is physically abused by his alcoholic father and wears sunglasses to cover up his black eyes. Lead character and her partner have sex, consensual in one scene, and forced in another -- no nudity. Some language, including multiple uses of "f--k" in one scene. A villain keeps a collection of Polaroids of nude women in his lab. Wine and booze drinking and a scene in which two characters smoke what might be opium. In German, with English subtitles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie (wait for it) "stinks." Yes, it's low-hanging rotten fruit to say something so obvious about a movie centered on the sense of smell, but in the case of The Perfumier, it also holds true. It's a pretentious goth German horror-thriller in the tradition of modern-day retellings of "mad scientist" stories. Only in this case, our mad scientist is a melodramatic psychopath willing to go to any length to create a smell that truly embodies capital-L love. He's joined by an equally obsessed mutant fashionista as they try to elude capture from our narrator, a young cop who pays a steep price for trying to capture them.
This exercise in steampunk verité is not for everyone, obviously, but it might be entertaining for those whose tastes lean toward the morbid and brooding. Even so, the self-indulgent side stories and overused voice-over exposition grow tiresome, no matter the audience's capacity for angst-wallowing.
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