What Have I Done To Deserve This? is Almodóvar’s fourth feature and his cross-over movie. After three crazy comedies which reached only a limited audience, Almodóvar finally achieved critical and popular success both at home and abroad with this brilliant fusion of melodrama and farce.
The film stars Carmen Maura as Gloria, an over-worked mother and wife addicted to amphetamines in order to have the energy to cook and clean for her ungrateful family, as well as cleaning other people’s houses for extra cash. Gloria’s husband Antonio is a chauvinist taxi driver who gets entangled in a plot to forge Hitler’s memoirs. Her mother in law is a tight-fisted but lovable old lady who longs to move back to the village, whilst one of her sons deals heroin and the other son is adopted out to a lecherous dentist.
• Introduction by José Arroyo
• Extract from Almodóvar on Almodóvar
• Artwork Gallery