A film by Arturo Ripstein

Cast : Marisa Paredes, Regina Orozco, Daniel Gimenez Cacho

1996 / drama / France, Espagne, Mexique / original title : PROFUNDO CARMESI / 114’ / Color / status : completed / Some Material May Be Inappropriate For Children Under 16 / long feature-film / French catalog

Nicolás Estrella has made a meager living seducing and then stealing from lonely, often widowed, women. While trying to victimize Coral, a hefty, half-mad nurse obsessed with Estrella’s movie star looks, Nicolás cannot help falling in love with her merciless enthusiasm for his seedy lifestyle. Together, the pair roam the back roads of Mexico looking for lonely women who Nicolás seduces, and the insanely jealous Coral then murders…

Based on the true-crime story that inspired the 1969 cult film The Honeymoon Killers, Mexican director Arturo Ripstein’s DEEP CRIMSON (Profundo Carmesí) is an emotionally charged and profoundly original take on serial killing. Featuring performances both sympathetic and stom ach-churning by Regina Orozco and Daniel Giménez Cacho, the film premiered in Competition in Venice where it won 3 awards for Best Screenplay, Best Production Design and Best Score.
This new Director’s Cut adds some 25 savage minutes to the original cut and has been restored and digitized in 4K from the original 35mm negative in Mexico by la Cineteca Nacional, IMCINE and the Churubusco Studios.