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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)
"Mujeres al borde de un ataque de "nervios"" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  11 November 1988 (USA)
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A woman's lover leaves her, and she tries to contact him to find out why he's left. She confronts his wife and son, who are as clueless as she. Meanwhile her girlfriend is afraid the police... See full summary »

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Julieta Serrano ...
Lucía
María Barranco ...
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Kiti Mánver ...
Paulina Morales (as Kiti Manver)
Guillermo Montesinos ...
Taxista
Chus Lampreave ...
Portera Testiga de Jehová
Eduardo Calvo ...
Padre de Lucía (as Yayo Calvo)
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Secretaria
Ángel de Andrés López ...
Policía I (as Angel de Andrés-López)
Fernando Guillén ...
Iván
Juan Lombardero ...
Germán
José Antonio Navarro ...
Policía II
Ana Leza ...
Ana
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A woman's lover leaves her, and she tries to contact him to find out why he's left. She confronts his wife and son, who are as clueless as she. Meanwhile her girlfriend is afraid the police are looking for her because of her boyfriend's criminal activities. They talk to a female lawyer, who turns out to be the lover's new lover, and everyone's path keeps crossing each other's in a very complicated and confusing manner. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown  »

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$700,000 (estimated)

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ESP 1,165,305,406 (Spain)
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Trivia

Pedro Almodóvar and Carmen Maura's personal relationship was seriously damaged during the shooting, which Maura even defined as a "living hell". It took 18 years for them to work again. See more »

Goofs

The sheets move position (due to multiple edits) when Pepa throws the lit matches on the bed. 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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Written by Ventura Romero (as Ventura Rodríguez)
Performed by Lola Beltrán
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Tight as a drum
13 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What I like most about this movie is the economy of it's writing and directing. There really isn't a wasted moment, nothing extraneous and that is what keeps the pace crackling and makes the movie watchable in every moment. It also has one of the GREAT ensembles ever. Carmen Maura as Pepa keeps herself on that verge for an hour and a half without ever really falling off the edge, it is a beautifully modulated performance. Maria Barranco as Candela is another performance that teeters on the edge of falling off into an emotional rubble but somehow manages to keep it together. Those two are delightful in every moment they are on screen. We can't forget Julieta Serrano as Lucia, the one truly crazy, post-breakdown woman in the story who brings a quality of self-awareness to her role that makes it a bit heartbreaking. She knows she is nuts and can't do a damn thing about it. And then there is VERY strangely attractive Rossy de Palma as Marisa, a virgin who needs nothing so much as she just needs to get laid to mellow her out. These women are all superlative, but Guillermo Montesinos as the Taxi Driver nearly steals the movie out from everyone and gives certainly the best male performance in the film. You have to see him to believe him.


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