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Crimen Ferpecto, released in the United States as The Ferpect Crime, is a 2004 Spanish black comedy film co-written, produced and directed by Álex de la Iglesia.

Crimen Ferpecto
Directed byÁlex de la Iglesia
Produced byRoberto di Girolamo
Gustavo Ferrada
Álex de la Iglesia
Written byÁlex de la Iglesia
Jorge Guerricaechevarría
StarringGuillermo Toledo
Mónica Cervera [es]
Luis Varela
Fernando Tejero
Javier Gutiérrez
Music byRoque Baños
CinematographyJosé L. Moreno
Edited byAlejandro Lázaro
Release date
  • 2004 (2004)
Running time
106 minutes



Rafael is a women's clothing clerk at a large Madrid department store, Yeyo's. His department is filled with beautiful, comely young women whom Rafael routinely seduces. When Rafael vies for a management position with Don Antonio, a men's clothing clerk whom Rafael despises, a fluke causes Don Antonio to win the promotion. He fires Rafael and a fight ensues in which Rafael accidentally kills Don Antonio. Lourdes, an ugly and unassuming clerk at the store, witnesses the outcome of the fight, helps Rafael incinerate the body, and provides an alibi for the police. Rafael wins his coveted promotion, but at a terrible cost: Lourdes blackmails Rafael into an unwanted relationship. He is forced to fire his many former lovers, to marry Lourdes (she proposes on a live reality TV show) and to support clown-like women's clothing of her design. Rafael becomes so depressed he begins to hallucinate, seeing the ghost of Don Antonio who suggests Rafael should kill Lourdes. As the police are also pressing him again, he causes a fire in the department store and fakes his death, in front of his wife and a police officer. Five years later, he (with a false identity) has a small business selling ties and socks, but Lourdes' clown-like clothes are a success and she becomes a millionaire.



The film received very positive reviews from critics, 85% of critics gave the film a positive review based on 53 reviews and an average score of 7.1/10 according to Rotten Tomatoes.

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