28th February 2006




A short season of films entitled ‘For the Love of Women’ is being shown at the University of Lincoln starting on Monday 6th March as part of the popular Cine Latino series.


The season opens with ‘What have I done to deserve this?’ a hilariously deadpan working-class comedy from Pedro Almodovar.


The film focuses on character Gloria (Carmen Maura) who is trying her best to hold her insane Madrid family together.


Sharing their cramped tenement apartment is Gloria's husband (Luis Hostalot), an abusive cabdriver who forges letters from Hitler; her heroin-dealing son; a younger son who likes to sleep with older men; an eccentric grandmother (Chus Lampreave); and a pet lizard named Dinero.


Gloria juggles several cleaning jobs to try to make ends meet and sniffs cleaning products for relief from the stress, as she gets no thanks from her nagging husband, who eventually drives her to murder.


Luckily she has a friend in next-door neighbour Cristal (Veronica Forque), a bubbly prostitute who seduces the cop on the case.


There's also a girl upstairs who helps Gloria with her housework via telekinesis.


Almodovar scored one of his first international hits with this outrageous, irreverent and touching film.


‘What have I done to deserve this’ will be shown at 7pm in the Jackson Lecture Theatre on the main Brayford Pool campus.


The films in the Cine Latino series are in Spanish, with English subtitles.    


For more information contact:

Kate Strawson, Press Officer

(01522) 886244

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