Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

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Released 1988

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Director:
Pedro Almodovar
Released:
1988
Rating:
R
When Pepa Marcos' (Carmen Maura) lover Ivan (Fernando Guillen) suddenly leaves her without any explanation, she embarks on a strange journey to discover why. On the way she meets a variety of eccentric characters, including Ivan's son from a previous relationship (Antonio Banderas), his fiancee Marissa (Rossy de Palma) and a Shiite terrorist cell who have been secretly holding her best friend Candela (María Barranco) hostage. It's a film noir take on the romantic comedy.

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  • 80

    Variety

    This often hilarious, irreverent and offbeat comedy is the most coherent young Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar has limned thus far.

  • 80

    Washington Post

    Gorging on the bad, bad world of TV soap operas, tabloid news and those Roy Lichtenstein cartoons where anguished women lament their lives with "Brad," Spanish director Pedro Almod...

  • 80

    Washington Post Rita Kempley

    This is painless sexual politics, a fiendish comedy full of prickles and pain and the bright shiny pinks of a matador's cape. The farce falters from time to time, the pace is imper...

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Comedy, Drama