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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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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>07/2005
<mark>Journal</mark>Forum for Modern Language Studies
Issue number3
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)333-342
<mark>Original language</mark>English


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.