The Perfect Crime (El Crimen Perfecto)
If you like the mad, excessive, over-the-top, black, absurdist Spanish comedies of Pedro Almodivar then El Crimen Perfecto from director Alex De La Inglesia will be just your cup of tea. This 2005 Spanish comedy/thriller is a hilarious wild ride right up to the very last frame.
Quirky and wicked, El Crimen Perfecto, nominated for 6 Goya Awards (the Spanish Academy Awards) tells the tale of Raphael (Guillermo Toledo), a guy looking for perfection and an extraordinary life. He works in an upscale Madrid department store as the head of ladies department. His chosen career path is about to pay off big time when he is chosen for a large promotion. Raphael is a womanizing fool who bribes the night guard so he can use the entire store as his own personal bachelor pad to seduce and bed down the bevy of hand-picked lovely young women who work under him - so to speak.
Raphael is devastated when his climb up the corporate ladder to head floorwalker is blocked by Don Antonio (Luis Vairela), his long-time older rival. The two men have a physical altercation, things turn ugly, and Don is accidentally killed. Raphael panics and tries to dispose of the body, but in the process the corpse disappears. As Raphael comes to realize that the fight was witnessed by Lourdes, the store’s least attractive female employee, he also realizes he is at her mercy. What could have been the perfect crime turns into the perfect nightmare.
Lourdes, played with comic gusto by Monica Cervera, traps Raphael into being her lover and slave and, although Raphael is promoted to the job of head floorwalker after all, his life rapidly descends into a living Hell. Between his guilt, Lordes’ obsessive domination, her insane family, and Don’s reappearing ghost, Raphael goes mad and the film ends in a finale with the streets of Madrid filled with folks dressed in Lourdes designed "Clown-Chic" fashions. There is nothing subtle or gentle about this movie and that is all to the good. This film is hysterically funny, outrageously silly and deviously subversive. Don’t miss it!
And make sure you check out the DVD extra features. The Making of featurette is almost as funny as the movie itself. And if you like this film check out the director’s previous crazy Spanish Western movie 800 Bullets.
- Director’s audio commentary
- Making of featurette