Streaming Release!



The Loft Cinema will be splitting the revenue with the film’s distributor 45/55. You can watch Perfumes for 48 hours after your purchase. The film may be watched on your mobile device, computer, and other streaming devices. Click here for FAQs on streaming the film.

Watch a special introduction that was filmed for the National Evening of Science on Screen 2021! In this free virtual edition of Science on Screen, noted University of Arizona Regents Professor and Neuroscientist John G. Hildebrand introduces the fragrant French comedy, Perfumes, with an original talk entitled “Olfaction: Our Most Evocative Sense,” discussing the intriguing science behind olfaction and the unexpected and surprising ways in which our sense of smell influences our behavior, memories and emotions. This virtual introduction is available to view for free on our YouTube page. Click here to watch the video.

PLEASE NOTE: this event does not include a screening of Perfumes. If you’d like to watch the film after viewing the introduction, you can rent it through The Loft Cinema’s Virtual Cinema platform.

“An extremely French, extremely enjoyable comedy/drama.” – Leslie Felperin, Guardian

In this charmingly fragrant French comedy/drama, a talented and temperamental creator of world-class perfumes is forced to team up with her new driver to keep her career smelling pretty when she falls on hard times. Guillaume (Grégory Montel, Thirst for Life), a professional chauffeur trying to gain custody of his daughter after a recent divorce, lands a new job driving for the haughty diva Anne Walberg (Emmanuelle Devos, Coco Before Chanel), a master perfumer having trouble with her sense of smell.   Walberg is a fallen star who once ruled the world of high class fragrances, but whose olfactory talents are now expended on recreating the odor of a prehistoric cave for a replica construction, masking a factory’s foul-smelling emissions, and creating deodorants. She’s withdrawn, impossibly demanding, obsessed with her work, and in denial about her loneliness. After initially antagonistic skirmishes between the odd-couple, a budding friendship teaches both how to mend their lives. An enchanting comedy with reflective commentary on social class and vocation, Perfumes also provides fascinating insight into the mysterious world of a “professional nose.” (Dir. by Grégory Magne, 2019, France, in French with English subtitles, 100 mins., Not Rated)



Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

About the speaker:
John G. Hildebrand is Regents Professor and former Head of the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Arizona. He earned his baccalaureate degree at Harvard University and his Ph.D. (in bio-organic chemistry) at the Rockefeller University. His research interests include chemical senses (particularly olfaction), chemical ecology, animal behavior, and vector-borne and other infectious diseases. Before moving to Arizona in 1985, he served for 16 years on the faculties of Harvard and Columbia Universities. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society, German National Academy of Sciences ‘Leopoldina’, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, and Brazilian Academy of Sciences. He has served as the Foreign Secretary of the National Academy of Sciences, one of the five elected officers, since 2014.