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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (original title)
Pepas's lover, Iván, leaves her and she tries to contact him to find out why he's left. In her search for Iván, she confronts his wife and son, who are as clueless as she is. Meanwhile; ... See full summary »

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Pepas's lover, Iván, leaves her and she tries to contact him to find out why he's left. In her search for Iván, she confronts his wife and son, who are as clueless as she is. Meanwhile; Candela, her friend, is afraid the police might be looking for her because of her ex-boyfriend, a muslim terrorist, and his criminal activities. As the plot develops, it is revealed that everyone's lives are more intertwined than they could have ever expected. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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11 November 1988 (USA)  »

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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown  »

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$700,000 (estimated)

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$7,179,298 (USA)
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Trivia

For a while the production of an American remake was considered, to be directed by Richard Benjamin, with Jane Fonda and Paula Prentiss in the roles respectively created by Carmen Maura and Julieta Serrano. See more »

Goofs

In the minutes between Ivàn calling Pepa from the phone booth and hiding while she throws out his things, to Lucía and the police arriving at the apartment, the sky changes immediately from day to night. See more »

Quotes

Pepa: For two days everyone has been saying no to me. Now it's my turn to say no.
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Soundtracks

Scherezade
By Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performed by La Orquesta Sinfonica de la Radio de Mosú
Conducted by Gennadi Rozhdestvensky (as G. Rozhdestvensky)
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My brief review of the film
19 August 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

An interesting Spanish comedy, the film's humour is derived mostly from the events being so absurd. Some aspects are overly ridiculous, but it is still very entertaining stuff, executed in a lively manner with an appropriately fast pace and suitable music choices. It is constantly interesting on a visual level, with vibrant colours, creative camera angles, and a lot of framing and close-up shots. The action is a bit frantic and the plot is a little too convoluted, but the film maintains an almost fantasy-like atmosphere, in which it feels like anything is possible, and this quality makes it an enjoyable, unique watch. It is hard to say if Almodóvar is trying to say anything at all here, as there are some ideas raised about consequences that are not explored in much depth. Still, the originality of it all keeps it afloat, and it is certainly quite an unusual (in a positive sense) cinematic experience.


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