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El Crimen Perfecto (The Perfect Crime) (2004)
"Crimen ferpecto" (original title)

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Rafael is the best salesman in the biggest department store of Madrid. He is a fascinating man; all his colleagues fell in love with him. He tries to live a high-standard life. He is ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guillermo Toledo ...
Rafael González
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Lourdes
Luis Varela ...
Don Antonio Fraguas
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Comisario Campoy
Fernando Tejero ...
Alonso
Javier Gutiérrez ...
Jaime
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Roxanne
Rosario Pardo ...
Señora despistada
Gracia Olayo ...
Concha
José Alias ...
Matías
Penélope Velasco ...
Susana
Montse Mostaza ...
Helena (as Montserrat Mostaza)
Eduardo Gómez ...
Taxista
Enrique Martínez ...
Pepón
Alicia Andújar ...
Desiree
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Storyline

Rafael is the best salesman in the biggest department store of Madrid. He is a fascinating man; all his colleagues fell in love with him. He tries to live a high-standard life. He is definitely ambitious and aspires to be the new head of sales on his floor. But he has to beat Don Antonio: the best salesman in the man wearing sector. Competition gets harder and harder, until Rafael kills Don Antonio! Lourdes, the ugliest woman in the store, unexpectedly helps Rafael to hide the corpse, but her help isn't for free. Rafael will soon start considering a new crime. A new perfect crime. Written by 1felco

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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22 October 2004 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

El Crimen Perfecto (The Perfect Crime)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

€4,750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,059,688 (Spain) (22 October 2004)

Gross:

$1,974,985 (Spain) (29 October 2004)
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Trivia

Several of the clowns and journalists in the last scene are really fans of Álex de la Iglesia. They were invited by the director himself for supporting him through his official website. See more »

Goofs

The inspector pulls Don Antonio's bridgework out of the hot furnace on a shovel, picks it off the shovel with tweezers, and drops it into a plastic bag. It should have melted the bag! See more »

Quotes

Rafael: And... I try to be humble. But I just can't!
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Crazy Credits

Initial credits are written on different papers which are sometimes on the wrong order and then rearrange (Fernando Tejero initially appears as Fernando Rojete; see Dick Van Dyke credit in 'Mary Poppins'). The title initially appears as Crimen Perfecto, and then rearranges to Crimen Ferpecto. See more »

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References The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (1955) See more »

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Jingle Bells
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A wickedly funny and original black comedy/thriller
11 September 2004 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival. I knew I was going to enjoy this film from the moment a large rumpled man in a Misfits t-shirt lumbered onto the stage to introduce himself. "Hola, amigos. The person who is supposed to introduce me is not here. I am here but she is not here. She is in the bathroom." Director Álex de la Iglesia had us laughing even before the first frame of his film. While admitting that Ferpect Crime was just about the worst title for a film ever, he told us that this film was about a man who was so obsessed with living a perfect life that it was bound to cause problems. It's no surprise to learn that the director has a degree in philosophy.

Rafael works as a salesman in the ladies' wear section of an upscale department store. He's very popular at work, especially with the ladies, and he's very very good at his job. So good, in fact, that he considers himself a lock for the position of floor manager. But after losing the promotion to his hated rival Don Antonio, things take a turn for the worse and pretty soon Rafael has a dead body on his hands. His only help comes from the one woman he hasn't already bedded, the unattractive Lourdes. Before long, Lourdes has Rafael wrapped around her finger and his life is far from the model of perfection he has always pursued. As the plot thickens, the comedy becomes much darker and the film almost turns into a thriller. There is also a strong element of satire, making this much more substantial than the laughs would indicate. The conclusion ("lesson" seems too strong a word here) is that it's only after we give up our unrealistic expectations of living a perfect life that we can really begin to live at all. But if that's too heavy for you, then go just to see the scene where Rafael goes to meet Lourdes' parents. This film makes me want to see every other film by this warm and wickedly funny director.

(9/10)


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