The Perfect Crime (El Crimen Perfecto)(Crimen ferpecto) 2005

Ferpect Crime

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If you like your comedies wicked and pitch-black, El Crimen Perfecto delivers without flinching.

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After Rafael (Guillermo Toledo) accidentally kills a rival coworker in a department store fitting room where they work, he is blackmailed by the unattractive Lourdes (Mónica Cervera), who witnessed the crime and helped him get rid of the body. Forced to marry her, Rafael lives in constant fear of Lourdes -- both what she will make him do, and whether she will report the crime. Driven to the breaking point, Rafael begins to wonder if knocking off Lourdes might solve his problems.

Cast & Crew

Guillermo Toledo
Rafael González
Mónica Cervera
Lourdes
Luis Varela
Don Antonio Fraguas
Enrique Villén
Comisario Campoy
Kira Miró
Roxanne
Javier Gutiérrez
Jamie
Gracia Olayo
Concha
Alex de la Iglesia
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Alex de la Iglesia
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Critic Reviews for The Perfect Crime (El Crimen Perfecto)(Crimen ferpecto)

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Audience Reviews for The Perfect Crime (El Crimen Perfecto)(Crimen ferpecto)

  • Feb 18, 2011
    I had to watch this film for extra credit for class and didn't think too much of it from an overview; it seemed a little typical and generic. Fortunately, though a bit typical, it wasn't too much of the latter. It actually had a good beat to it and lots of good Hitchcock and references and towards the end I found myself entertained. I think what made me appreciate the film a bit more was that the general audience I saw this with were "disgusted" or didn't think Raphael had any depth and that there wasn't much meaning to the film. This naturally led me to over-analyze the film more and caused me to find that Raphael is a character that stands to represent the everyday person who hopes and dreams of attaining superficial and artificial beneficiaries to make their life apparently "better". You know those people, the ones that get excited walking around an apartments store, like it's classy and will change their lives. In theory, it is disgusting and could be looked at as pitiful. But I think a better feeling to jump straight to is sympathy. I feel sympathetic towards Raphael and, in that process, I think of the everyday person and how I do wish them better and that they'd wake up like the character. I found that the Ferpect Crime does not give us a totally shallow film of lust, violence, and greed, but a shell that we can look upon for an example of what happens when we idealize too much and don't live more than what the media and magazines limit us to.
    Thom M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 26, 2010
    Forget about the subtitles...and the Italian dialogue...the all too true story of a player getting played and OUT played...by a jealous rival that weasels her way into confiscating his player ways into a rather confining commitment. This foreign flick proves that humor and jealousy can sometimes lead to murder.
    Fascade F Super Reviewer
  • Sep 20, 2010
    [font=Century Gothic]"The Perfect Crime" starts with Rafael(Guillermo Toledo) living his ideal life as the head of the ladies wear department, having nightly affairs with members of his nubile staff. He is in a competition with Antonio(Luis Varela), of mens wear, to be the new floor manager but loses out on the final day. Not only that, but Antonio intends to fire his rival for openly berating a customer. But before that can happen, Rafael and Antonio scuffle and Rafael accidentally kills Antonio. Now, Rafael has two new problems: a possible eyewitness and what to do with the body?[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"The Perfect Crime" is a very entertaining black satire that wittily comments on the materialistic, shallow culture that we live in without turning into a lecture. The events are seen through Rafael's eyes and narration.(The movie getting more surreal as it goes along might be a sign of Rafael starting to lose his mind.) He does not see much in Lourdes(Monica Cervera), but only because she is plain looking, unlike most of the women who work for him. However, she does have a few surprises in store... [/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]And please tell me that is not an actual reality show...[/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 20, 2010
    Hilariously wacky black comedy about a department store salesman whose comfortable life is turned upside down after he is passed over for a promotion. A modern, hip sensibility is beautifully integrated with deeply serious events, in this thoroughly winning Spanish farce. Indeed his life spins so wildly out of control, the results are delightfully ridiculous. Actress Mónica Cervera is particularly effective as Lourdes, a co-worker he would rather have nothing to do with.
    Mark H Super Reviewer

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