What Have I Done to Deserve This? (Qu he hecho yo para merecer esto!!)
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What Have I Done to Deserve This? (Qu he hecho yo para merecer esto!!)
Filmmaker Pedro Almodvar, the Luis Buuel of the 1980s, cooks up another perversely funny descent into urban hell in What Have I Done to Deserve This? Carmen Maura plays a middle-class housewife hemmed in by her wildly eccentric relatives. Her principal purpose in life is a balancing act: to keep her head fastened on securely while all others are losing theirs. Film buffs will have a field day toting up Almodvar's visual and verbal allusions to the works of Buuel, Brian De Palma, Billy Wilder, John Waters, and even Andy Warhol. What Have I Done to Deserve This? was originally titled Que He… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Diverting, with a light suggestion of talent."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It's all a lot like early period John Waters -- only better acted and set in Madrid."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Vacant black comedy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A somewhat harsh critique of a Spanish culture that dooms women to indentured servitude."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Almodovar's fourth feature (but the first to be released in the US) may be one of his most realistic films, an offbeat, darkly humorous feminist comedy with a great performance by Carmen Maura."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com