Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown

Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown

Director: Pedro Almodóvar Cast: Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Fernando Guillén
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Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown

Though the kinky characters and aberrant social behavior common to the works of Spanish director Pedro Almodovar are very evident in his Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, the film is at heart a door-slamming farce in the grand tradition. The tiny apartment of pregnant actress Carmen Maura is the "Grand Central Station" setpiece for this dizzying tale. Distraught over her recent breakup with her lover, Carmen prepares to overdose on sleeping pills, which she blends into a gazpacho so they'll go down easier. She is diverted from her suicide by her best friend Maria Barranco, a fugitive from justice (her boy friend is a Shi'Ite terrorist) who needs a place to stay. Later, when Carmen's apartment is empty, her ex-lover's grown son (Antonio Banderas) comes to the apartment with his fiance (Rossy de Palma) in answer to Carmen's "room to let" newspaper ad. The wife inadvertently ingests Carmen's "pill sauce," and as she blissfully snoozes, the husband inaugurates an affair with Carmen's friend Barranco.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/03/2009
UPC: 0043396332218
Original Release: 1988
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:29:00
Sales rank: 27,402

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Carmen Maura Pepa
Antonio Banderas Carlos
Fernando Guillén Ivan
Julieta Serrano Lucia
Maria Barranco Candela
Rossy de Palma Marisa
Kiti Manver Paulina
Chus Lampreave Actor
Yayo Calvo Actor
Loles Leon Actor
Angel de Andrés Lopez Actor
Guillermo Montesinos Actor
Lupe Barrado Secretaria Paulina
Gabriel Latorre Cura
Agustín Almodóvar Empleado Inmobiliaria
Imanol Uribe Marido
Jose Marco Padrino

Technical Credits
Pedro Almodóvar Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Jose Luis Alcaine Cinematographer
Agustín Almodóvar Executive Producer
Bernardo Bonezzi Score Composer
Jose Maria de Cossio Costumes/Costume Designer
Esther Garcia Production Manager
Gilles Ortion Sound/Sound Designer
José Salcedo Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdwon
1. Words of Romance [7:33]
2. Fainting Love [6:53]
3. Nerves on Edge [6:32]
4. Chasing Cabs [6:07]
5. Family Ties [6:08]
6. Chance Encounter [9:35]
7. Terrorist Trouble [9:30]
8. Secret Fugitives [8:10]
9. Ivan's Baggage [8:27]
10. Gazpacho for Everyone [6:51]
11. Crazy Woman [4:42]
12. Losing Her [8:03]

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Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Almodovar's best film shown here in the U.S. That taxi driver cracks me up everytime I see that picture. It was on here in the NYC area last night.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Almodovar orchestrates a brilliant comedy of errors with an edge that American films lack. An ensemble of wacky characters get themselves into bizarre situations, and it's all swirling around the beautiful Carmen Maura. You'll laugh your *bleep* off.