What Have I Done to Deserve This?

Spain, 1984, 101 min, Dir. Pedro Almodóvar, Not Rated, Spanish with English subtitles


Coral Gables Art Cinema Fri, Jul 27 6:30 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Mon, Jul 30 6:30 PM


Overworked cleaning lady Gloria (Carmen Maura) takes in multiple jobs to make ends meet. Her unforgiving life is inhabited by a cast of eccentric characters: an abusive taxi driver husband who schemes to forge Adolf Hitler’s handwriting, a drug-dealing teenage son who is the actual forger, an unappreciative mother-in-law who hides her sweets, and a prostitute neighbor who pays Gloria to sit in on acts she performs with voyeuristic customers. In this absurd and oppressive environment, what is a woman like Gloria to do - in Almodovarian fashion? Drugs, murder, sex, and selling off a younger son to a pedophiliac dentist helped make this tragicomedy the auteur’s first international success.