DVD Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown [DVD] [] [1993] [Region 1] (DVD 6241012),
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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown [DVD] [] [1993] [Region 1]

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • This colorful hit put director Pedro Almodvar on the international map and cemented the reputation of its star, Carmen Maura. The film is a peppy little soap bubble as TV actress Pepa (Maura) wakes up to find a note from her lover, Ivan (Fernando Guilln), informing her he is leaving. Desperate to tell him some important information, Pepa almost kills herself with sleeping pills, burns her bed, and spends most of the movie trying to track him down. Her adventures put her in contact with Ivan's insane ex-wife (Julieta Serrano), his handsome son (Antonio Banderas), and the son's fiance (Rossy de Palma). They all descend on her penthouse apartment in a deliriously comic extended scene, complicated by a pitcher full of narcotic gazpacho and her friend Candela (Mara Barranco), a ditzy beauty wanted by the police for associating with Shiite terrorists. Through it all, the indefatigable Pepa fights gallantly against her crushing heartbreak. As a testament to the resilient beauty of women, this free-spirited film rings true and is a treasure. Also appearing are Chus Lampreave, Kiti Manver, Yayo Calvo, and Guillermo Montesinos as the hilarious driver of the Mambo Taxi.
  • Credits
    Antonio Banderas, Mara Barranco, Maria Barranco, Carmen Maura, Julieta Serrano, Fernando Guilln, Fernando Guillen
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A cleverly choreographed, slick and nicely observed comedy of manners..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...[A] most entertaining, deliberately benign new Spanish farce....Fiendishly funny..."
    New York Times

    Included in The New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1988"
    New York Times

    "...Rossy de Palma is startling....And there is a spectacularly fine shot of Maria Barranco..."
    Film Comment

    "...A funny movie full of sly comic touches....Bernardo Bonezzi's energetic score is as amusing as everything else in the film..."
    Los Angeles Times

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