What Have I Done to Deserve This? | Chicago Reader

What Have I Done to Deserve This?

Pedro Almodovar's 1985 Spanish film taps into 80s mainstream American humor, with its emphasis on comic underreaction to bizarre events and disconnected, skitlike structure. But the central figure—a put-upon lower-middle-class housewife played with a nice balance of exhaustion and appeal by Carmen Maura—represents a provocative minority viewpoint that's unusual for the genre, and the events that Almodovar has spun around her (her taxi-driver husband is secretly in love with a German opera singer, her youngest son moves in with a gay dentist, and her mother-in-law collects sticks and lizards while dreaming of a return to her native village) spring from the same Spanish reserve of the improbable and hallucinatory that Buñuel explored (though much more profoundly). Diverting, with a light suggestion of talent. In Spanish with subtitles. 101 min.


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