Kika, a cute cosmetologist, prepares Ramon for funeral when he revives. He proposes to the much older Kika who has his dad as lover. Did Ramon's dad murder his mom? What about the escaped rapist and the PSYCHOlogist video reporter?


Pedro Almodóvar (as Pedro Almodovar)


Pedro Almodóvar (screenplay), Pedro Almodóvar (story)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Verónica Forqué ... Kika (as Veronica Forque)
Peter Coyote ... Nicholas
Victoria Abril ... Andrea Caracortada
Àlex Casanovas ... Ramón (as Alex Casanovas)
Rossy de Palma ... Juana
Santiago Lajusticia ... Pablo
Anabel Alonso ... Amparo
Bibiana Fernández ... Susana (as Bibi Andersen)
Jesús Bonilla ... Policía (as Jesus Bonilla)
Karra Elejalde ... Policía
Manuel Bandera ... Chico Carretera
Charo López ... Rafaela (as Charo Lopez)
Francisca Caballero Francisca Caballero ... Dña. Paquita
Mónica Bardem ... Paca (as Monica Bardem)
Joaquín Climent ... Asesino (as Joaquin Climent)


Kika, a young cosmetologist, is called to the mansion of Nicolas, an American writer to make-up the corpse of his stepson, Ramon. Ramon, who is not dead, is revived by Kika's attentions and she then moves in with him. They might live happily ever after but first they have to cope with Kika's affair with Nicolas, the suspicious death of Ramon's mother and the intrusive gaze of tabloid-TV star and Ramon's ex-psychologist Andrea Scarface. Written by Erik Gregersen <>

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Miriam Díaz-Aroca and Penélope Cruz were also considered for the lead. See more »


[first lines]
Ramón: Claudia.
Modelo: Yes?
Ramón: Relax.
Modelo: I'm relaxed. Say it again and I'll snore.
Ramón: Go ahead, it's a sign of interior peace.
Modelo: Is this a lingerie or a sleeping pill ad?
Ramón: Sleeping lingerie.
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Alternate Versions

The german version of this movie has differences with the original spanish text. The most important one is in that scene at the elevator, when Kika is talking with her friends about Nicolas and Ramon. A friend says: "But you tell us that Nicolas eats your pussy very well" and kika answers: "Ramon also eats my pussy very well". In the german version, the friend says: "But you tell us that Nicolas really knows how to treat a woman" and kika answers: "Also Ramon knows how to treat a woman" See more »


References La mano de un hombre muerto (1962) See more »


The Car Lot, the Package
(Suite from "Psycho")
Composed by Bernard Herrmann
Conducted by Tomás Garrido
Arrangement by Juan Carlos Cuello
Mixed by José Vinader
Assisted by Benito Gil and Eduardo Ruiz-Joya
Recorded by José Vinader
Assisted by Benito Gil and Eduardo Ruiz-Joya
Produced by Juanjo Valmorisco
Assisted by Patricia Segovia
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How could anyone not like Kika?
11 October 2000 | by SpleenSee all my reviews

Maybe this isn't as good as the bulk of Almodóvar's output: not having seen the bulk of his output, I'm in no position to tell. I do remember that there was general disappointment in 1993. As I recall - obviously, one could find out by checking primary documents whether or not my recollection is correct - every critic and his dog took the opportunity to say "This time Almodóvar has gone too far", which meant, depending on the critic, either "Almodóvar is being too silly", "Almodóvar is trying too hard to get our attention", or "Almodóvar has finally lapsed into morally reprehensible sexism".

I find all of these reactions hard to understand. "Kika" is such a sweet, such an INNOCENT film! Maybe you didn't have fun, as I did; but how could anyone OBJECT to it? Far from being hard to like, the characters were such that I found myself warming to the worst of them: Kika herself is completely adorable, the outrageous Andrea turned out to have a heart, of sorts - certainly she had an ethos -, and even Nicholas and Ramón revealed some human traits. If I have a complaint about anyone's characterisation it would be Ramón's. When we first meet him he's just a cold fish; not a bad man, but we can't like him. By the end of the film I found myself wondering if the mild warmth Almodóvar discovered had really been there all along, or if he it had been smuggled in when we weren't looking. No matter: the film isn't about him, anyway.

There's nothing gruesome about "Kika", nothing cruel, nothing hard to watch. (Well, maybe a touch of blood in one final scene, but I can forgive that.) There's a lot of sex, no doubt, but none of that terribly EARNEST stuff one finds in American movies...

[I'm about to reveal something. Stop reading now if you haven't seen the film.] ...One of the things I'm sure many critics objected to was the rape scene. Almodóvar played it as a comedy, in the way that so many directors will play an armed robbery - and it was a kind of armed robbery - as comedy. At first we wonder if Kika is so clueless that she doesn't realise she's being raped. But in fact she's just postponing her shock, in a way that is - well, ludicrous, but also commonplace. The entire extended sequence of which the rape is part is so delightfully ridiculous BECAUSE, not in spite of, all the characters' perfect clarity of purpose.

If this IS one of Almodóvar's lesser works I shouldn't hesitate to see the rest.

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6 May 1994 (USA) See more »

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