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¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer ésto?
What Have I Done To Deserve This?

A film by Pedro Almodóvar

1984, Spain, Drama/Comedy, Color, 101 min.

 

 

 

“If WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? is a feminist treaty, it is the most inteligent and funny ever created. It is simply, a small masterpiece. – Richard Grenier, The New York Times

 

¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer ésto?
What Have I Done To Deserve This?

A film by Pedro Almodóvar

1984, Spain, Drama/Comedy
101 min. 35mm. Color
In Spanish with English subtitles
Starring: Carmen Maura, Angel de Andrés-Lopez, Verónica Forqué, Juan Martínez, Chus Lampreave, Luis Hostalot, Gonzalo Suarez, Kiti Manver, Anabela Holimann

 

Gloria (Carmen Maura) is a wife, mother, daughter-in-law, friend, maid… and an amphetamine addict. She lives in a small apartment in a marginal Madrid neighborhood with her family: two teenage sons, Miguel (Miguel Ángel Herranz), who likes mature men, and Toni (Juan Martínez), who sells and consumes heroin; her husband Antonio (Angel de Andrés-Lopez), a macho taxi driver who is also an expert calligraphy forger, and who lives off the memory of his romance with Ingrid Müller (Katia Loritz), a German singer who he worked for as a driver fifteen years ago; la abuela (Chus Lampreave), who longs to go back to her town, and keeps mineral water and cup cakes locked in a cabinet; and a lizard named “Money.” The next door neighbor is Cristal (Verónica Forqué), a prostitute with a heart of gold who receives clients in her apartment, and in the floor below live Juani (Kiti Manver), a bitter single mother, with her daughter Vanessa (Sonia Anabela Holimann), who possesses telekinetic powers.

Antonio goes into business with Lucas Lampreave (Gonzalo Suárez), a desperate writer who plots a plan to forge Hitler’s memoirs, and who also wants to swindle, along with his wife Patricia (Amparo Soler Leal), his brother Pedro (Emilio Gutiérrez Caba), an alcoholic psychotherapist, so they can finance the scheme. Meanwhile, Gloria has problems at the drugstore, gives away her son Miguel to a depraved dentist, and takes an extra job as a maid for Lampreave and his wife. One night, Gloria refuses to iron a shirt for Antonio, and he hits her. She defends herself, and accidentally kills him with a ham leg. “Money” is the only witness, but Polo (Luis Hostalot), an impotent cop who is a client of Cristal and Pedro too, will investigate the case.

Overnight, Gloria and her family will have a new opportunity to change their lives.

 

Gloria (Carmen Maura) es esposa, madre, nuera, amiga, empleada doméstica… y adicta a las anfetaminas. Vive en un pequeño apartamento en un barrio marginal de Madrid junto con su familia: dos hijos adolescentes, Miguel (Miguel Ángel Herranz), que gusta de los hombres maduros, y Toni (Juan Martínez), consumidor y vendedor de heroína; su esposo Antonio (Angel de Andrés-Lopez), un macho taxista que además es experto falsificador de caligrafía, y quien vive del recuerdo de su romance con Ingrid Müller (Katia Loritz), una cantante alemana a la que sirvió como chofer hace 15 años; la abuela (Chus Lampreave), que ansía volver a su pueblo y guarda gaseosas y pastelillos bajo llave;  y una lagartija llamada “Dinero”. La vecina de junto es Cristal (Verónica Forqué), una prostituta con corazón de oro que recibe clientes en su apartamento, y en el piso de abajo viven Juani (Kiti Manver), una madre soltera y amargada, con su hija Vanessa (Sonia Anabela Holimann), quien posee poderes telekinéticos.

Antonio entra en tratos con Lucas Lampreave (Gonzalo Suárez), un escritor desesperado que urde el plan de falsificar las memorias de Hitler, y quién además busca estafar, junto con su esposa Patricia (Amparo Soler Leal), a su hermano Pedro (Emilio Gutiérrez Caba), un psicoterapeuta alcohólico, para financiar su plan. Entre tanto, Gloria tiene problemas en la farmacia, regala a su hijo Miguel a un dentista depravado, y toma un trabajo éxtra como doméstica para Lampreave y su esposa. Una noche, Gloria se niega a planchar una camisa para Antonio. El la golpea, ella se defiende y accidentalmente lo mata con el hueso de un jamón. “Dinero” es el único testigo, pero Polo (Luis Hostalot) un policía impotente, cliente de Cristal y de Pedro, investigará el incidente.

De un día para otro, Gloria y su familia tendrán una nueva oportunidad de cambiar sus vidas.

Eugenio del Bosque – Cine Las Americas
 
 

 

Credits:

Crew
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
Written by Pedro Almodóvar Screenplay
Executive Producer: Hervé Hachuel
Cinematographer: Angel L. Fernandez
Editor: José Salcedo
Original Music: Bernardo Bonezzi
Production Designers: Román Arango, Pin Morales
Costume Designer: Cecilia Roth
Chief Makeup Artist: Ramón de Diego
Hair Stylist: Mercedes Gómez
Sound: Mario Gómez, Antonio Illán, Bernardo Menz, Enrique Molinero
Special Effects: Carlo di Malti, José María López Sáez, Francisco Prósper

Cast
Carmen Maura – Gloria
Luis Hostalot – Polo
Angel de Andres-Lopez – Antonio
Gonzalo Suarez – Lucas Villalba
Verónica Forqué – Cristal
Juan Martínez – Toni
Chus Lampreave – Abuela
Kiti Manver – Juani
Sonia Anabela Holimann – Vanessa
Miguel Ángel Herranz – Miguel
Emilio Gutierrez Caba – Pedro
Javier Gurruchaga – Dentista
Jaime Chávarri – Cliente 'Striptease'
Katia Loritz – Ingrid Muller


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