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978 Ratings

What Have I Done to Deserve This?

¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto?

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
Spain, 1984
Comedy, Drama, LGBT+


Overworked cleaning lady Gloria takes various jobs to make ends meet. Her unforgiving life is filled with eccentric characters: an abusive taxi driver husband, a drug-dealer teenage son, an unappreciative mother-in-law, and a sex worker neighbour who pays Gloria to sit in with exhibitionist clients.

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What Have I Done to Deserve This? Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

Critics reviews

Absurdist gags cloak societal grimness, yet the film is marinated in a sense of magical yearning — the Big Heat scalding gets worked into a coffee TV commercial, even Ibsen can become a romantic.
July 09, 2006
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The director’s controlled mise-en-scène is deliciously deadpan, and his film smoothly segues between farcical silliness and poignant melodrama.
May 24, 2004
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