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Actors: Regina Orozco, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Sherlyn, Giovanni Florido, Fernando Palavicini
Director: Arturo Ripstein
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Based on the true story of the "Lonely Hearts Murders," renowned director Arturo Ripstein?s Deep Crimson (Profundo Carmesí) is an emotionally charged and profoundly original take on serial killing. Nicolas Estrella has mad... more »
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Merciless And Brilliant.
Mr. Fellini | El Paso, Texas United States | 06/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Deep Crimson" is a merciless movie that dwelves into human depravity and murder. It's directed by Arturo Ripstein, Mexico's most respected director who used to work under the wing of Luis Bunuel. In fact, there is a lot of Bunuel style in "Deep Crimson," a movie that shocks not only in violence, but in the entire story and character structure. In it's own way it's visceral and the performances are always chillingly convincing. Ripstein and his writer, Paz Alicia Garciadiego are not afraid to offend the audience and don't hold back, looking at reality unblinkingly. The photography is really rich, gritty and artistic. "Deep Crimson" can be seen as a study of human perversion mingled with lust and depravity. These are characters down on the evolutionary scale who resort to murder for petty reasons, and the way the murders are carried out and the way these characters act and the way Ripstein films it with such realism, is what makes the film effective and disturbing. "Deep Crimson" shows how sometimes American cinema can be really tame, Ripstein obviously isn't and shows his brilliance for realistic and effective cinema here. Obviously he learned well from Luis Bunuel, whom "Deep Crimson" would make proud."
A stylish film, with a camera that roams elegantly around th
Roberto Frangie | Leon, Gto. Mexico | 12/14/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The best Mexican cinema has its roots firmly planted in popular genres... "Deep Crimson" is a crime film, based on the real exploits of the so-called Lonely Hearts Club killers in the post-war United States...
Nicolás and Colar are a grotesque version of Bonnie and Clyde, who rob not banks but vulnerable rich women...Nicolás is a middle-aged man of abundant charm with an unconvincing wig, who appeals to the snobbery of elderly widows by his ability to pose as a Spaniard, affecting the accent and mannerisms of the expatriate... Coral is an overweight single mother who drives her children and takes off with Nicolás, pushing him from robbery to murder...
Though money is the apparent motive, Coral is addicted to romance, as we see in the first shot of her bedroom, stuffed with cheap but gaudy clothes, Mills & Boon-type novels, and photographs of film stars... The killings the pairs commit are dictated by Coral's passion for Nicolás... He seduces women in order to steal them, and this incurs Coral's murderous jealousy...
Arturo Ripstein's film is essentially a study of thwarted passion turning repugnant... Coral is vicious, even to the extent of killing a young girl who has witnessed her mother's murder... Yet her gesture of offering her own hair to make Nicolás a new wig is at once tender and ridiculous...
Robert A. Yourell | San Diego, CA | 01/09/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I think the horror and perversion of the story has distracted some people from the comedic intent of the piece. The lines in the script that show how distorted the characters' thinking is are not intended to be parts of deep character studies. These people are characatures. You could compare this to Fargo and to The Vampire's Kiss in that way. This was no docudrama. It's an excellent addition to its genre. The edgy narcissism of the male and needy dissociation of the female lead really come across."