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R In Theaters 11/11/1988 , 88min.
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Plot & Details

Though the kinky characters and aberrant social behavior common to the works of Spanish director Pedro Almodovar are very evident in his Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, the film is at heart a door-slamming farce in the grand tradition. The tiny apartment of pregnant actress Carmen Maura is the "Grand Central Station" setpiece for this dizzying tale. Distraught over her recent breakup with her lover, Carmen prepares to overdose on sleeping pills, which she blends into a gazpacho so they'll go down easier. She is diverted from her suicide by her best friend Maria Barranco, a fugitive from justice (her boy friend is a Shi'Ite terrorist) who needs a place to stay. Later, when Carmen's apartment is empty, her ex-lover's grown son (Antonio Banderas) comes to the apartment with his fiance (Rossy de Palma) in answer to Carmen's "room to let" newspaper ad. The wife inadvertently ingests Carmen's "pill sauce," and as she blissfully snoozes, the husband inaugurates an affair with Carmen's friend Barranco.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Foreign Language Film Pedro Almodóvar Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1989 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Foreign Language Film Pedro Almodóvar Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1989 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Foreign Language Film Pedro Almodóvar Nominated

European Film Academy

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 European Film Academy Best Actress Carmen Maura Won
1988 European Film Academy Best "Young" European Film Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 National Board of Review Best Foreign Film Won

Telluride Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 Telluride Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Venice International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 Venice International Film Festival Osella for Best Story Pedro Almodóvar Won

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