Pop Culture Imports: The German Answer to ‘Hannibal,’ A Danish Natal Horror Film, A Vampire Anime, and More

/Film | 12/28/2018 | Hoai-Tran Bui
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It’s the end of 2018 and it feels like it’s been 84 years. But at least we’ve been entertained by plenty of excellent foreign movies and TV shows in the process. As the year winds down and the holidays wrap up, here are a few more foreign movies and TV shows to catch before 2018 ends. This week we have the German answer to Hannibal in Netflix’s buzzy crime drama Perfume, a Danish horror film that more than recalls Rosemary’s Baby, a vampire anime from Netflix, a French-Belgium showcase for Mattias Schoenarerts, and a charming French rom-com series.

Turn on those subtitles and let’s get streaming.

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Cast: Friederike Becht, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Juergen Maurer, August Diehl, Ken Duken, Natalia Belitski, Christian Friedel.

Loosely based on a 1985 novel of the same name by Patrick Süskind, Perfume is a macabre murder mystery that proves Netflix is currently 4 for 4 on spectacular German imports. Following the likes of Dark and Babylon Berlin, Perfume actually feels more like the German answer to Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal, following a serial killer who cuts out the sweat glands of his victims. The six-part series takes inspiration from Süskind’s novel to tell the story of a detective (Friederike Becht) investigating the brutal murder of a beautiful singer who is found with her hair and sweat glands removed. She traces back the singer’s connection to a clique of boarding school kids who were obsessed with the tale of Grenouille — the murderer at the center of Süskind’s original novel — and thus were inspired to create a club for discovering smells. Gorgeously shot and meticulously paced, Perfume boasts a sprawling web of suspicious characters and haunting imagery that will soon have you sniffing around the internet for news on a second season.

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