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What Have I Done To Deserve This? Review

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★★★★★

The splendid Carmen Maura suffers nobly as a cleaning lady heroine who stays at the calm centre - even when having violent casual sex with a martial artist or bludgeoning her husband to death - of the chaos of a bizarre block of flats.

Among lesser weirdnesses are a plan to forge Hitler's memoirs, a calmly businesslike transaction whereby Maura sells her young son to a gay dentist, a chattily benevolent hooker in the next apartment, a loony mother-in-law with a pet lizard, some unusually afflicted psychiatric patients, a teenage drug dealer who represents semi-normality and the usual mock-commercials.

The nearest Almodovar could ever get to Brookside or Mrs. Dale's Diary, this is a warped soup in which the most degenerate kinks are seen as pleasantly normal. An enormously winning, wilfully wicked treat.