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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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Comedy | Drama

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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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ESP 1,165,305,406 (Spain)
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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 »

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The sheets move position (due to multiple edits) when Pepa throws the lit matches on the bed. See more »

Quotes

Pepa: You could have killed yourself!
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Candela: I didn't know where to go. I couldn't face my folks. It's bad enough that I became a model.
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Almodovar sets his standard for dark humour
8 March 2000 | by (nyc, ny) – See all my reviews

Truly wonderful and insightful romp which alternates between tragedy and farce seamlessly without ever missing a beat. Excellent performances by the entire cast contribute mightily as does a first-class camp score. This was the first Almodovar film I ever saw, and it made it a requisite for me to see each new one as it comes out. The man is a genius!


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