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September 29, 2005

Movie Review: Crimen Ferpecto

In an effort to use discount cards before they expire, we headed to see Crimen Ferpecto(unfortunately retitled "El Crimen Perfecto" in the US), an intense, madcap Spanish farce about a lothario whose life goes... awry. I'm wary of saying more about the plot because this is definitely a movie where the less you know, the better. I will say this:

It's a good movie. Not great. Not very good. But good.

It's inventive and stylish.

It exploits the fact that it's a movie -- leave your desire for realism at the door.

I love that it has a strong directorial voice. So many American movies have stunted points of view. This is a film with vision (however flawed).

When the plot sags (and it does... capers are difficult to maintain), the film is saved by some great, simple, humor. Malevolent children, a bathroom-door bit that will make you wonder why you hadn't seen that before, and other silly gags keep things moving.

This flick seems to be at the end of its run here in the states (there were 5 people in our theater last night), but its definitely worth a view on DVD.

Posted by peterme at September 29, 2005 10:45 AM

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It's by far the best spanish movie I've ever seen... dunno why, but I loved it (sorry for my crapy english, im argentinian).

Posted by: ignacio at September 29, 2005 03:40 PM

Ahhh, the title I know as "Ferpect Crime". Hmm, no wonder I never see it as an interest match with Flickr community.

Anyways...I loved it. Dark and hilarious as expected from Alex de la Iglesias. His stuff is always outrageous, but that's what I love about him...and he has such a great sense of humour about his work!

"Muertos de risa" literally had me in tears laughing and trust me, that's not easy because I'm like a robot that way. Check it out, plus "Acción mutante" and "Muertos de risa". The other titles I've seen from him are just dark and good, but not funny (if that's what you like).

Posted by: Quasimime at September 30, 2005 11:57 PM