El Crimen Ferpecto (The Ferpect Crime)

on September 10, 2004 by Annlee Ellingson
Rafael (Guillermo Toledo) dreads nothing more than ending up a normal person with a mediocre life. No, he desires elegance and has swathed himself in the light, music, colors and aroma of perfection. His idea of heaven? The department store where he works, a kingdom where there are distinct borders between the men's and women's departments and the floor manager is king. Passed over for a promotion in favor of his arch-nemesis, Rafael argues with his rival and ends up with a dead body on his hands. Worse, there's a witness -- a homely salesgirl with a longstanding crush who will keep his secret as long as things go her way.

Enjoyable and clever, "El Crimen Ferpecto" punctuates an otherwise pedestrian plot with wry social commentary, diverting camerawork, and a title with a cute and unexpected origin. Still, this isn't the first time we've seen a talking severed head. Starring Guillermo Toledo, Monica Cervera and Luis Varela. Directed by Alex de la Iglesia. Written by Jorge Guerricaechevarria and Alex de la Iglesia. A Vitagraph release. Crime comedy. Spanish-language; subtitled. Unrated. Running time: 105 min

Tags: Spanish, foreign, crime, promotion, retail, Guillermo Toledo, Monica Cervera, Luis Varela, Alex de la Iglesia

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