Perfume is a twisted murder mystery that will have you in its grip. The series is based on the novel by the same name by Patrick Süskind. It is an intense horror thriller originally written in German that also draws inspiration from the Constantin-produced film Perfume: The Story of a Murderer that released in 2006. It proved to be an international success. Netflix bought the international rights to stream the 2018 series. Soon afterwards, the first season premiered on December 21, 2018. It has so far enjoyed positive reviews and viewers are waiting for the next season.
The show takes place in several time periods, and the tone and set designs are brilliant. Perfume has a great mix of realistic characters that invoke equal parts of hate and sympathy. The German-produced series has to be watched with subtitles. Thanks to Netflix’s default settings, you are covered here. Philipp Kadelbach has directed all six episodes of Perfume. He is best known as the director for Emmy award-winning show Generation War and SS-GB, a BBC production.
Netflix has an amazing collection of international cinema; shows from abroad often come with higher risks as they don’t rely on an American model, which is known to be full of remakes and tired genre tropes. As investment in productions abroad grows by the month, shows like Occupied, Rita and Perfume have enjoyed top ratings and we can sure hope Netflix continues to bring us more new foreign shows.
The first season of the show received mixed response, with most critics praising the show’s aesthetics. Vogue had this to say about the show: “The show is lavishly shot and gleefully twisted; sexy, too-if you don’t mind your sex on the perv-y side.” While the first season enjoyed a moderate success, here’s everything we know about its next season.
Perfume Cast: Who is in it?
Friederike Becht plays the female investigator Nadja Simon while Wotan Wilke Möhring essays the role of her lover, prosecutor Joachim Grunberg. August Diehl portrays Moritz de Vries, the man who creates the perfume. Susanne Wuest (from Goodnight Mommy) plays the woman who orders the perfume. She is a therapist named Lydia Suchanow. All she wants is to be desired and loved like her twin sister. All actors have performed their roles deftly, in turn essaying the twisted darkness of their characters brilliantly. The suspense has us hooked till the end and will still leave you wanting more.
Perfume Plot: What is it about?
The series follows investigators Nadja Simon and Matthias Köhler, and prosecutor Joachim Grünberg as they try to solve a gruesome murder. A redhead woman’s body has been discovered, and the corpse is badly mutilated. A second body of a young boy is discovered that bears the same mutilation. Is there a serial killer on the loose? Characters who are all connected in some way and who are all fascinated by the concept of olfactory behavioural manipulation make up the central plot of the series. Five friends who went to the same boarding school as the first victim become prime suspects. Nada discovers that they had formed a secret club in school, where they obsessed over scents. Coincidence? The victim was found without her hair, axillary hair, and was also missing her olfactory glands.