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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

Mujeres al borde de un ataque de "nervios" (original title)
A television actress encounters a variety of eccentric characters after embarking on a journey to discover why her lover abruptly left her.

Director:

Pedro Almodóvar

Writer:

Pedro Almodóvar (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carmen Maura ... Pepa
Antonio Banderas ... Carlos
Julieta Serrano ... Lucía
María Barranco ... Candela
Rossy de Palma ... Marisa
Kiti Mánver ... Paulina Morales (as Kiti Manver)
Guillermo Montesinos ... Taxista
Chus Lampreave ... Portera Testiga de Jehová
Eduardo Calvo ... Padre de Lucía (as Yayo Calvo)
Loles León ... Secretaria
Ángel de Andrés López ... Policía I (as Angel de Andrés-López)
Fernando Guillén ... Iván
Juan Lombardero Juan Lombardero ... Germán
José Antonio Navarro José Antonio Navarro ... Policía II
Ana Leza Ana Leza ... Ana
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Storyline

Pepas's lover, Iván, leaves her and she tries to contact him to find out why he's left. In her search for Iván, she confronts his wife and son, who are as clueless as she is. Meanwhile; Candela, her friend, is afraid the police might be looking for her because of her ex-boyfriend, a muslim terrorist, and his criminal activities. As the plot develops, it is revealed that everyone's lives are more intertwined than they could have ever expected. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

11 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,179,298
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Laurenfilm, El Deseo See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 touches her, yet she falls as if it had hit her hard. See more »

Quotes

Pepa: You could have killed yourself!
Candela: That was the idea. I'm desperate.
Pepa: So am I, but I don't jump off terraces.
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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Connections

Version of La voce umana (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Puro teatro
Written by C. Curet Alonso
Performed by La Lupe
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Tight as a drum
13 June 2006 | by rbowles-2See 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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