Netflix has just released the official trailer for the German series Perfume, loosely based on Patrick Süskind’s best-selling novel of the same name.
Süskind’s book about smell, passion and serial killing got a shocking contemporary spin in the six-part crimes drama, directed by Philipp Kadelback and featuring a cast of German stars, including Wotan Wilke Mohring, Friederike Becht, August Diehl, Christian Friedel, Susanne Wuest, and Ken Duken.
According to the official synopsis from the streaming service, “While in boarding school, a group of six become friends through their intense passion for scent. When one is brutally murdered years later, disturbing secrets about the group are revealed when the police investigate each as a suspect”.
While the Suskind’s novel is set in 18th-century France and follows a serial killer with a superhuman sense of smell and an ability to manipulate people using specialized perfumes, the action of the new Perfume series takes place into the modern day and follows a detective investigating a series of brutal murders as he traces events back to a group of friends at a boarding school who experimented with manipulating people using human scents.
The trailer, which opens with a little boy returning home to his dad with a strand of hair from a murder victim, features intriguing footage, without revealing too much. As the shocking crimes are investigated by the police, a group of six friends become suspects. “We know it. It’s the story of that Grenouille guy who created a perfume from women he murdered. A perfume that makes everyone love you,” a character’s voice is heard in voiceover, while on screen different images rule at a fast pace.
Serving as the soundtrack is the song “The Gallows” composed by Harry Lightfoot and performed by Audiomachine, from the 2018 album “La Belle Époque”.
Perfume arrives on Netflix on December 21st.