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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

R| 1 hr. 28 min.

Plot Summary
When Pepa Marcos' (Carmen Maura) lover Ivan (Fernando Guillén) suddenly leaves her without any explanation, she embarks on a strange journey to discover why. On the way she meets a variety of eccentric characters, including Ivan's son from a previous relationship (Antonio Banderas), his fiancee Marissa (Rossy de Palma) and a Shiite terrorist cell who have been secretly holding her best friend Candela (María Barranco) hostage. It's a film noir take on the romantic comedy.

Cast: Carmen Maura , Antonio Banderas , Julieta Serrano , María Barranco , Rossy de Palma , Fernando Guillén , Kiti Manver , Chus Lampreave

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Genres: Comedy, Drama

Distributor: Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Orion Pictures

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

Release Date: November 11th, 1988|1 hr. 28 min.

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  • 100

    The film is flushed with bright light and cartoon hues, nicely accenting the fast-paced stew of incidents. show more

  • The women here aren't afraid to get extreme about love, but in the end, you sense that they are too sound to destroy themselves over the worthless man they have allowed to personify it. That's what lifts Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown from the amusing to the sublime. [23 Dec 1988, p.23] show more

  • With Maura delivering an explosive performance, Almodovar presents Pepa's tale with real gusto--with vibrant colors, gaudy personality, mad jokes and a sexiness that erupts off the screen. show more

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