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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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In the opening scene Carmen Maura (Pepa) and Fernando Guillen Cuervo (Ivan), are dubbing to Spanish Johnny Guitar (1954). See more »

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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

Carlos: What happened?
Pepa: She fell asleep.
Candela: So suddenly?
Pepa: Yes. The strangest things can happen suddenly.
Paulina Morales: She must turn herself in, go to jail, and let the jury decide her case.
Pepa: I don't understand.
Paulina Morales: She's committed a crime.
Pepa: Her only crime was falling in love and being afraid. I'd do the same.
Paulina Morales: I'm sure.
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Written by C. Curet Alonso
Performed by La Lupe
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26 April 2006 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

In all the world of film, the most admirable achievement is a film that is entered well. It is the hardest thing in the world to do when you have something interesting to offer. Its why genres exist, to make the entry automatic for lesser filmmakers.

Almodovar is one of several Spanish-speaking filmmakers who are carrying the future right now. Some of his films are sublime. "Talk to Her" is so lovely and deep I feel he has secretly infected my marrow with an already lucid version of myself.

The actual movie of "Breakdown" is pretty trivial: part screwball, part what some call surreal but is really a goof on itself. (Not a parody, mind you. That's for dopes.) So once you get into it, its just a meal.

But the entry into this is so wonderful, so imaginative it will exhaust you.

Our heroine is a voice-over actress who dubs Spanish dialog for non-Spanish films. Her lover is as well, and they "play" lovers on-screen. Except it isn't them, exactly. And it isn't love, exactly. And they aren't playing, exactly.

(She also does commercials and this is how she is "seen" by the public. One is shown. Now this IS a parody, but it is presented as if it were not, mixing parody in with the "real," confounding the screwball nature of the thing.)

The entry into this film plays on the "not exactly" natures to slowly and gently (but with some viewer confusion) slide us from a space where we are watching a movie, to a space where we are in the midst of adding the meaning to an existing movie that isn't fully formed.

This man deserves celebration, attention. He deserves to be entered.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.


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