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

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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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Cast

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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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Storyline

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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11 November 1988 (USA)  »

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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown  »

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Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)

Gross:

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

Pepa pushes the baggage cart at Lucia and it moves with a great deal of speed. However, in the next shot, it's obvious that the cart barely hits her, yet she falls as if it did. See more »

Quotes

Pepa: Hello. I'm the mother of the notorious Crossroads Killer. When my son comes home after one of his famous crimes, his clothes are just filthy.
[Pepa holds up a bloody shirt. The police arrive]
PolicÌa I: Where are the clothes your son wore...
PolicÌa II: At the time of the murder?
[Pepa takes a clean shirt out of the dryer]
Pepa: Right here. Sparkling clean.
PolicÌa I: No trace of blood.
PolicÌa II: Or guts.
PolicÌa I: Unbelievable!
[Pepa holds up a box of detergent]
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Puro teatro
Written by C. Curet Alonso
Performed by La Lupe
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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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