Carmen Maura in 'What have I done to deserve this?' (1984) - hero image
What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984)

Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

What Have I Done to Deserve This?

¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto?

Pedro Almodóvar | Spain | 1984 | MA15+

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11–17 Nov 2020

6.30pm (AEDT)

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Maura is remarkable

LA Times

A darkly comic tale of female victimisation and retaliation.

Pedro Almodóvar's fourth collaboration with Carmen Maura finds her playing against type (and almost unrecognisable) as Gloria, the shattered glue-sniffing housewife. Set amidst Madrid’s towering council estates, Gloria is flanked by a stingy mother-in-law, a beastly husband, a Barbie doll prostitute neighbour, and rent boy and drug dealer sons. Little wonder she’s driven to murder – with a ham bone!

On release the New York Times noted that the film “has something of the dark comedies of Buñuel, Berlanga and Italy's Mario Bellocchio, but its flavour is really all its own. And Carmen Maura is Mr. Almodóvar's secret weapon: grave, put upon, curious funny, Woman Outraged, she carries the whole picture.”

Almodóvar's take on urban family life remains one of his most naturalistic work by far, alternately criminal, funny and moving.

– Kristy Matheson, Director of Film Programs

Format: Digital
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Duration: 90 min


90 mins



Strong sexual references and sex scenes, Strong coarse language, Strong drug use and themes


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