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'Perfume' is more ewww than eau

Perfume offers eau de crud.

Director Tom Tykwer, who created an international sensation with the contemporary thriller Run Lola Run, has turned this portrait of an 18th-century French serial killer into a Hannibal Lecter movie for aesthetes and highbrows. Tykwer proved himself a kinetic entertainer to his bones in Lola, whose heroine never stopped moving. But in Perfume he's saddled with an anti-hero whose nose never stops twitching.

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Paramount) Starring Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman. Directed by Tom Tykwer. Rated R. Time 148 minutes.


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