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What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984)
"¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto!!" (original title)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  30 March 1985 (USA)
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In Madrid, the housewife Gloria lives in a tiny apartment with her husband, the taxi driver and forger Antonio; her lunatic mother-in-law, who is addicted in bottled water and cupcakes; and... See full summary »

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Gloria
Luis Hostalot ...
Polo
Ryo Hiruma ...
Profesor Kendo
Ángel de Andrés López ...
Antonio (as Angel de Andres-Lopez)
Gonzalo Suárez ...
Lucas Villalba (as Gonzalo Suarez)
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Cristal
Juan Martínez ...
Toni
Chus Lampreave ...
Abuela
Kiti Mánver ...
Juani (as Kiti Manver)
Sonia Hohmann ...
Vanessa (as Sonia Anabela Holimann)
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Chica anuncio
Diego Caretti ...
Chico anuncio
José Manuel Bello ...
Colega barrio
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Play-Back 'La bien pagá' (as Almodovar-McNamara)
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Play-Back 'La bien pagá' (as Almodovar-McNamara)
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In Madrid, the housewife Gloria lives in a tiny apartment with her husband, the taxi driver and forger Antonio; her lunatic mother-in-law, who is addicted in bottled water and cupcakes; and two teenage sons, one of them a drug dealer and the other gay. Gloria works as cleaning lady to raise some money for her dysfunctional family and is addicted in pills; her best friend is her neighbor, the call-girl Cristal. Antonio has a secret passion on a decadent German singer for whom he had worked as driver in Germany. A writer tries to convince Antonio to forge letters from Hitler and travels to Germany to meet the singer to invite her to participate in the scheme. Meanwhile Gloria delivers her gay son to a pervert dentist. Her mother-in-law finds a lizard while walking with her grandson on the street and they call it Dinero (Money) and bring it home. When Gloria has an argument with Antonio, she hits him on the head with a piece of wood, killing him. Now the police detectives investigate the... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Victoria Abril turned down the role of Cristal, as she didn't want to play another prostitute, having just played one recently. See more »

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Miguel: [back home after being given in adoption to a pedophiliac dentist] At first it was fun, but I am too young to be tied down.
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La bien pagá
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One thing about Pedro Almodovar's films is that they are never boring. Another is that women do whatever they need to do to get by. This film is no different and it is almost as if he followed the theme here with Volver. In fact, the star of this film, Carmen Maura, is also in Volver.

Gloria (Carmen Maura) does whatever she needs to do to get by, whether it is popping No-Doze or sniffing glue. She works constantly to provide for her family, as her no-good husband (Ángel de Andrés López) is not pulling his weight.

One son sells dope and the other likes to have sex with his friend's fathers. Grandma (Chus Lampreave) sits around talking about the village.

Her best friend Cristal (Verónica Forqué - Matador) is a prostitute.

Almodovar presents an upside down world where everything is exaggerated. This is a thinking man's movie. You really have to pay attention to get it. That is not to say it is not enjoyable, but you miss a lot by not fully participating.

You notice that Cristal is a lot more mentally healthy that Gloris; that her son is not a victim, but in charge of his sexuality; and there is enough other things going on to really keep you interest.

Almodovar is never boring.


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