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Cómo ser mujer y no morir en el intento (1991)

Carmen, a journalist with two children, is on her third marriage, to Antonio, a record producer. Over the course of a year, we follow her through her discontents: Antonio's lateness, his ... See full summary »

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Carmen
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Antonio
Carmen Conesa ...
Chelo
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Mariano
Miguel Rellán ...
Alfredo
Tina Sáinz ...
Emila
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Madre de Antonio
Enriqueta Carballeira ...
Pepita
Mercedes Lezcano ...
Pilar
Juan Gea ...
Ginecólogo
Miguel Arribas ...
Carlos
Francisco Casares ...
Director
Paco Aguilar ...
Federico
José María Cañete ...
Maitre
Begoña Valle ...
Margarita
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Carmen, a journalist with two children, is on her third marriage, to Antonio, a record producer. Over the course of a year, we follow her through her discontents: Antonio's lateness, his fatigue when she wants to make love, his insistence on her company when she prefers solitude, his treating her work as less important than his, his casual and cruel dismissal of her opinions, her boss assigning her an incompetent editor, bartenders ignoring her, her passage into middle age. She can be feisty and edgy, which sometimes gets in the way of what would make her happy. And she regularly threatens to leave Antonio. Will she, and on what terms? What will he do? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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5 April 1991 (Spain)  »

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How to Be a Woman and Not Die Trying  »

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¿Qué hago contigo?
Music by Pancho Varona and Antonio García de Diego
Lyrics by Gloria Varona
Performed by Soledad Giménez
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Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown - lite
16 August 2000 | by (NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

Carmen Maura does a retread of that movie, and her character. Despite the incidental difference in plot and character, you don't feel any difference - it's star vehicle for Carmen Maura as Molly Bloom.

Never have I seen an actress that made a more fascinating Bitchin' Middle-aged Broad :) She has that old-fashioned Hollywood charisma that no other actress seems to have in the last 20 years. This is good because besides her, this movie has very little to recommend from music, cinematography, plot to characterization (in the order that I noticed them). A point-to-point comparison to the Almodovar masterpiece would serve as a quick & fun Filmmaking 101. And the ending? It feels like the screenwriter flat ran out of idea and screen time.

When is someone going to film Ulysses and cast her in it???


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