We haven't heard much about Tom Tykwer
's Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
since the cast was announced
last March. Starring Dustin Hoffman
, and Ben Whishaw
, the film is an adaptation of a German
novel of the same name that has been "hailed as one of the most influential works of German literature in the past
two decades." The novel tells the unendingly bizarre story of an 18th century man (Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, played
by Whishaw) who has remarkably sensitive sense of smell but lacks any discernible personal scent. His career as a
perfume artist "take a dark turn" when he becomes obsessed with bottling the scent of "a young
virgin." I don't want to spoil anything here, but what with the title and everything, I'm a little worried about
the virgin's lifespan.
Out of nowhere, a German teaser for the film has emerged, and it's creepy as hell.
Something about the way she pauses before screaming makes it much, much scarier than the normal shrieking any woman
would do when she finds she's being sniffed by a random guy she didn't even know was there. Yikes.
opens in Germany in September and in other European territories in the late fall and early winter. There is currently no