Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres Al Borde De Un Ataque De Nervios)


(out of 5)

Pedro Almodovar’s reputation as filmmaker became an art-household name when this delightful comedy was released to great acclaim. It stars the fabulous Carmen Maura as an actress whose life falls completely apart in one day: her lover is leaving her, her friend comes over to hide from the police and the man she is about to sublet her apartment to (Antonio Banderas) is her married lover’s son. While waiting for her man to call, Maura sets fire to her bed, rips out her phone, has it repaired, rips it out again and makes a wickedly dangerous gazpacho, all the while the jilted wife of the philanderer (Julieta Serrano) is waiting to make her psychotically-influenced move. Bubbly and outrageous, this film features colourful cinematography and deliciously quirky characters, though they’re not as heartfelt as they would be in Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

Laurenfilm, El Deseo

Spain, 1988

Directed by

Story and Screenplay by Pedro Almodovar

Cinematography by

Produced by Pedro Almodovar

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1988

Golden Globe Awards 1988


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