What Have I Done to Deserve This?

With a set by DJ Nadie

A wild flourish of a movie, Almodóvar’s fourth feature revels in the mid-60′s Godardian toolbox while aesthetically honing in on the malaise of an urban housewife in Madrid. That may sound dark, but this is Pedro we’re talking here, so the film’s fishing-line of a plot serves more as an excuse for sex jokes, absurdist twists, and visual inventiveness. What Have I Done To Deserve This? shows Almodóvar at peak critical experimentation: every frame, color, and camera swirl is intricately and delightfully plotted. Yet in the midst of the comedic chaos, the film always returns to reflective moments of denouement, in which Almodóvar turns his camera on the thoroughfares and clothesline-strewn apartment projects of post-Franco Madrid.

Dir. Pedro Almodóvar, 1984, DCP, 101min.

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