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'Madrid me mata': Killing the Husband in Pedro Almodóvar's ¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto? and Alex de la Iglesia's La comunidad

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Journal publication date07/2005
JournalForum for Modern Language Studies
Number of pages10
Original languageEnglish


In ¿Qué he hecho yo …!! and La comunidad, Carmen Maura plays Gloria and Julia, two characters who struggle to survive in Madrid. In addition to offering a commentary on late-twentieth-century sexism, these films foreground class prejudices and the tensions of a big urban centre. Both films enact the famous slogan of the 1980s, “Madrid me mata”, to suggest that these women's husbands need to be killed for a new environment to be born.