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What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984)

¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto? (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 30 March 1985 (USA)
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The vicissitudes of Gloria, a neurotic housewife, and her family's peculiar characters.


Pedro Almodóvar (as Pedro Almodovar)


Pedro Almodóvar (as Pedro Almodovar)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carmen Maura ... Gloria
Luis Hostalot ... Polo
Ryo Hiruma Ryo Hiruma ... Profesor Kendo
Ángel de Andrés López ... Antonio (as Angel de Andres-Lopez)
Gonzalo Suárez Gonzalo Suárez ... Lucas Villalba (as Gonzalo Suarez)
Verónica Forqué ... Cristal
Juan Martínez Juan Martínez ... Toni
Chus Lampreave ... Abuela
Kiti Mánver ... Juani (as Kiti Manver)
Sonia Hohmann ... Vanessa (as Sonia Anabela Holimann)
Cecilia Roth ... Chica anuncio
Diego Caretti Diego Caretti ... Chico anuncio
José Manuel Bello José Manuel Bello ... Colega barrio
Pedro Almodóvar ... Play-Back 'La bien pagá' (as Almodovar-McNamara)
Fabio McNamara ... Play-Back 'La bien pagá' (as Almodovar-McNamara)


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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Comedy | Drama


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Did You Know?


Marta Fernández Muro had to turned down the role of Cristal due to her commitment with a stage play. See more »


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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Spoofs Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) See more »


La bien pagá
Written by Ramón Perelló and Juan Mostazo
Performed by Miguel de Molina
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I love this guy!
16 September 2004 | by KGB-Greece-PatrasSee all my reviews

By far not my best Almodovar film, but it is a winner as is! The more films I get to see from this one-of-a-kind (as all pioneers!) director, the more I love his work.

In this 4th film of his, he starts out with his usual absurd, peculiar humour and his trademark hilarious characters. If you have seen any of these other films of his: 'Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls on the Heap', 'Labyrinth of passion', 'Kika', 'Matador', 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown' plus more, you know what to expect. Almodovar humour is unique and it's here. The big difference in this one is that from a point and on, Almodovar fits in a sad tone, slowing the pace down and converting the film to a drama half-way - despite the fact he does not leave out some humour element - in this very special Almodovar way.

I suppose this should do also for people who didn't like half of Almodovar films (the more offensive ones), maybe because things are more serious in this or maybe because one can distinguish the director's point more easily than in other, more hillariously absurd, almost surreal ones.

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30 March 1985 (USA) See more »

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