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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
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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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Esperanza Roy and Concha Velasco turned down the role of Gloria. 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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Early Almodóvar: twisted and funny
23 January 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I found myself wrapped up in this off-beat movie, off-beat that is, for anyone but Almodóvar in the mid 1980s. For him, this one was sort of tame. It's populated by an Almodovaran crowd of demimonde, and struggling proletarians and intellectuals. Some take drugs to get by, some sell drugs but won't take them. Sex is a commodity, and honor a dubious value. The struggle to survive in a harsh urban environment ought not be as comic as this often is, so it's not surprising when Almodóvar brings a little emotional sustenance to leaven the pessimism. But nobody in this film should be taken at face value, least of all the director, and nothing should be taken too seriously. It's fun, and in the end, that's enough.


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