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The Perfumier

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Pretentious thriller has violence, disturbing imagery.

Movie NR 2022 96 minutes
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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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