A playboy has the tables turned on him when he finds himself being used as a plaything by an undesirable woman in this black comedy from Spain. Rafael (Guillermo Toledo) is a self-styled ladies' man working at an upscale department… More A playboy has the tables turned on him when he finds himself being used as a plaything by an undesirable woman in this black comedy from Spain. Rafael (Guillermo Toledo) is a self-styled ladies' man working at an upscale department store in Madrid. Rafael thinks of himself as suave and sophisticated, and he has two goals -- to run the store's apparel department, and to seduce every woman he works with. Well, every woman except for one -- Lourdes (Monica Cervera), a homely sales clerk who obviously has a crush on Rafael, but is too nervous to talk to him. Rafael's primary rival for control of the clothing department is Don Antonio (Luis Varela), and Rafael becomes filled with rage when he learns that Don Antonio has been given the job he's worked so hard to attain. Rafael gets into an argument with Don Antonio after hearing the news, and in the midst of the quarrel Don Antonio drops dead. Rafael discovers to his horror that there was a witness to Don Antonio's sudden demise -- Lourdes, who is no longer acting quite so meek. Realizing she has Rafael in a tight spot, Lourdes informs him that in exchange for her silence and help disposing of the body, he must become her lover, and it isn't long before Rafael begins to buckle under the strain of serving as her sexual slave. El Crimen Perfecto (aka The Perfect Crime) was originally released under the punning title El Crimen Ferpecto (aka The Ferpect Crime).
Consensus: If you like your comedies wicked and pitch-black, El Crimen Perfecto delivers without flinching.