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.
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