What have I done to deserve this?

What have I done to deserve this?

Que he hecho yo para merecer esto?

DVD - 2003 | Spanish
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An absurd black comedy that centers on Gloria, a very resourceful working class housewife and cleaning woman, who is hooked on amphetamines and must contend with her crazy family.
Publisher: [United States] : Wellspring, 2003
Edition: Widescreen ed
Description: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9780794203917
0794203914
Branch Call Number: DVD What

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Ky68RasK
Sep 21, 2018

A comedic farce from Almodovar. Somehow it did not engage me.

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Nursebob
Feb 06, 2015

Gloria is a typical Madrid housewife; bored, neglected and sexually frustrated she tries in vain to keep her dysfunctional family together. While her husband is supplementing his income by forging historical documents her eldest son is selling dope to his classmates and her youngest son is sleeping with his best friend’s father. Meanwhile the woman upstairs is abusing her spooky daughter, the hooker next door is constantly asking for a helping hand with her tricks and grandma is having trouble keeping track of her pet lizard. If it weren’t for her drawer full of prescription drugs and the occasional huff of airplane glue Gloria would have packed it in long ago. But as financial pressures mount and her husband’s abusive behaviour escalates, her already fragile psyche takes one final nosedive right through the kitchen floor. A wickedly camp soap opera from Pedro Almodovar, this unpolished gem plays out like a Castilian version of Maria Hartman, Maria Hartman. The cast is in top-notch form as they deliver their lines with the master’s inimitable deadpan seriousness and the wholly inappropriate laughs come fast and furious (Gloria’s business deal with a pedophile dentist is especially noteworthy). Although Pedro’s lifelong obsession with strong female characters is clearly evident in this early work, it is first and foremost a deliriously exaggerated salute to life’s absurdities. Best taken with a couple of valium.

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jaqmartial
Dec 20, 2014

Just love his movies....so different from Hollywood..

avisualfeel Dec 10, 2011

Pedro Almodovar is Pedro Almodar! If you"re a fan of his then you'll love this one. It's quiche, I mean kitsch! Beautiful use of colors in characters, scenery. Bizarre worlds with a bit of beef for a Hitchcock hommage to set things right!

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