Perfume: Story of a Murderer (2006)

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Recommended by Maggie Millar

This sumptuously filmed tale, set in France during the eighteenth century and based on the award winning novel by Patrick Suskind, charts the life of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, a child born with a powerfully superior sense of smell combined with a deadly a-moral compass.

After his career as a master perfumier is encouraged (by an exhuberantly dandy Dustin Hoffman) it takes a darker, obsessive turn when Grenouille (Ben Wishaw) attempts to re-capture in bottle-form the elusive scent of a woman with whom he met briefly, and disastrously.

This challenge sees him embark on a systematic spree to ‘collect’ the scent of various young women in Grasse, including the beautiful daughter of the town’s mayor; a dutiful lone-parent played by Alan Rickman.

This film is an assault on the senses throughout - from the rancid fishmarket floor in the opening scene to the lavender-filled fields of Provence.

Ultimately, a film to be sniffed at.