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What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984)

¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto!! (original title)
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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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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References The Third Man (1949) See more »

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La bien pagá
Written by Ramón Perelló and Juan Mostazo
Performed by Miguel de Molina
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The best movie by Pedro Almodovar
26 July 2001 | by (Salamanca, Spain) – See all my reviews

It's difficult to find such a great film, I had seen most of the Almodovar's pieces before I saw this one, and it is strange to see that after that one he has done beautiful jobs, although they haven't been as good as this one. Performances are incredible, the script is awesome, Almodovar can combine comedy and drama in a sad story about a mature woman who is alone in the world.This is a very sad story, far away from other Almodovar works which are more in the way of the comedy. Carmen Maura makes here one of the most impressive roles of her career,she;s very strong and credible like Gloria,the neighbouring place,the supporting characters are all brilliant,and it also contains a very short but beautiful soundtrack according very well to the movie. I liked a lot Veronica Forque, Chus Lampreave and Kiti Manver. The movie has also some moments that can be surrealistic experiences that makes the story incredibly real. "Que he hecho yo para merecer esto" is without doubts the best film ever made by Pedro Almodovar, is perfect, the dramatic moments are so intense, and very credible, surrounded by comic situations that make it even more beautiful, it is a master piece, a must see movie.


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