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El Crimen Perfecto (The Perfect Crime) (2004)

Crimen ferpecto (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Thriller | 22 October 2004 (Spain)
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 »

Director:

(as Alex de la Iglesia)

Writers:

(screenplay) (as Jorge Guerricaechevarria), (screenplay) (as Alex de la Iglesia)

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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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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

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Release Date:

22 October 2004 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

El Crimen Perfecto (The Perfect Crime)  »

Box Office

Budget:

€4,750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,059,688 (Spain) (22 October 2004)
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In a 2005 interview, director Álex de la Iglesia said that the name of the movie "Crimen Perfecto" ("Perfect Crime") is an homage to Dial M for Murder (1954), which is known in Spain as "Crimen Perfecto" ("Perfect Crime"). Also, 'Dial M for Murder' is one of the movies Rafael bought to plan the crime. 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

Lourdes: Say that you love me.
Rafael: Eh?
Lourdes: SAY... IT... NOW!
Rafael: I love you.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Cómo se hizo: Crimen ferpecto (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Cruising the Strip
Written by J. Aret and Jean-Claude Petit
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How can anyone in the universe not LOVE this film?
22 January 2007 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

It's hilarious. It's poignant. It's artistic. It's even philosophical at times. I can't imagine anyone not liking this film. "Crimen ferpecto" is a great surrealistic comedy along the lines of "Being John Malkovich", "One Night at McCools" or even the masterpiece "Brazil".

The plot begins bizarre, and from there it gets ever bizarrer. Set in a department store (the perfect metaphor for the human condition!), this film brilliantly weaves the themes of glamorous/plastic life versus the mundane/real. Trapped between worlds and desperately trying to achieve the former is our hero Rafael, a man whose entire life exists within the ladies' clothing department. Somehow he gets wrapped up in murder, blackmail and ectoplasmic visitations from lovable corpses. Yeah, I told you it gets bizarre.

But despite the zany plot, there's a very poignant & sober message that runs just below the surface. It's subtle, but it comes to fruition during the magnificent climax when we realize exactly what this whole wacky movie is about. If you've paid attention to symbolism, metaphor, allegory and all that intellectual jazz, you'll get it, and you'll see how everything fits into place. If not, fine, you'll enjoy the picture anyway because it's just plain funny. The beauty is that you can take it at your own pace. Great film. Damn near perfect. Er... ferpect.


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