How to Be a Woman and Survive (Como ser Mujer Y no Morir en el Intento)

Director: Ana Belen
Screenwriters: Carmen Rico Godoy

Institute History

  • 1993 Sundance Film Festival


Well-known actor and singer Ana Belén makes her directorial debut with How to be a Woman and Survive. This sardonic chronicle of a woman juggling her career, home, children and love life is as much a product of the new Spain as Pedro Almodovar's films.

Carmen Maura, Almodovar's muse of social criticism, again plays the woman whose strength of character and sense of humor enable her to accomplish it all. She is married to Antonio, her third husband, has two children of her own, and has just adopted Antonio's son. She also works as a journalist and handles virtually all her husband's demands.

Carmen tries to be both the perfect traditional wife and a successful career woman, and like many women the world over, feels overwhelmed by too much responsibility and too little time. She struggles to maintain her dignity as an intelligent modern woman, while still satisfying her chauvinistic husband. Ana Belen's fast-paced direction and wry sense of humor make How to Be a Woman a poignant and funny film that is a joy to watch.

Sunday Jan 24 Noon
Prospector Square Theatre

Tuesday Jan 26 10:15 am
Holiday Village Cinema II

Sunday Jan 31 2:15 pm
Holiday Village Cinema II


— Catherine Schulman

Screening Details

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