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

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

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A playboy has the tables turned on him when he finds himself being used as a plaything by an undesirable woman in this black comedy from Spain. Rafael (Guillermo Toledo) is a self-styled ladies' man working at an upscale department store in Madrid. Rafael thinks of himself as suave and sophisticated, and he has two goals -- to run the store's apparel department, and to seduce every woman he works with. Well, every woman except for one -- Lourdes (Monica Cervera), a homely sales clerk who obviously has a crush on Rafael, but is too nervous to talk to him. Rafael's primary rival for control of the clothing department is Don Antonio (Luis Varela), and Rafael becomes filled with rage when he learns that Don Antonio has been given the job he's worked so hard to attain. Rafael gets into an argument with Don Antonio after hearing the news, and in the midst of the quarrel Don Antonio drops dead. Rafael discovers to his horror that there was a witness to Don Antonio's sudden demise -- Lourdes, who is no longer acting quite so meek. Realizing she has Rafael in a tight spot, Lourdes informs him that in exchange for her silence and help disposing of the body, he must become her lover, and it isn't long before Rafael begins to buckle under the strain of serving as her sexual slave. El Crimen Perfecto (aka The Perfect Crime) was originally released under the punning title El Crimen Ferpecto (aka The Ferpect Crime).
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NR
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Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Guillermo Toledo
as Rafael González
Tejada Enrique Villen
as Comisario Campoy
Kira Miró
as Roxanne
Rosario Pardo
as Senora Despistada
Gracia Olayo
as Concha
Paco Churruca
as Presentador TV
Javier Aranda
as Policia en Comisaria
Juan Viadas
as Julian
Carmen Ruíz
as Video Salesgirl
Isabel Osca
as Dona Asuncion
Juan Duque
as Policía
Inés María Guzmán
as Senora Enfadada
Helena Carrión
as Dependienta de Perfumería
Luis Varela
as Don Antonio
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Critic Reviews for The Perfect Crime (El Crimen Perfecto)(Crimen ferpecto)

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (22)

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Full Review… | July 21, 2008
Variety
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Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A story that begins as farce but that evolves into something approaching satirical profundity.

Full Review… | November 18, 2005
Toronto Star
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This Spanish-language romp is a delightful send-up of retail culture, movie thrillers and the eternal 'ladies' man' facing his just deserts.

Full Review… | November 18, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
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My advice is to choose the first half, where things are really funny until they aren't.

Full Review… | November 18, 2005
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | October 7, 2005
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Audience Reviews for The Perfect Crime (El Crimen Perfecto)(Crimen ferpecto)

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[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.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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 Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

Alex De la Iglesia is an expert connoisseur of the bizarrerie he likes to have in his films, and here it works perfectly. the ludicrous ending is the only big problem of this ultra hilarious noir comedy.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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