Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

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  • R
  • Genre(s): Comedy Drama
  • Release year: 1988
  • Running time: 88 min
Melding melodrama with screwball farce, this Academy Award–nominated black comedy was Pedro Almodóvar’s international breakthrough and secured his place at the vanguard of modern Spanish cinema. Continuing the auteur’s exploration of the female psyche,... read more
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Melding melodrama with screwball farce, this Academy Award–nominated black comedy was Pedro Almodóvar’s international breakthrough and secured his place at the vanguard of modern Spanish cinema. Continuing the auteur’s exploration of the female psyche, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown tells the story of Pepa—played by the director’s frequent collaborator Carmen Maura—who resolves to kill herself with a batch of sleeping-pill-laced gazpacho after her lover leaves her. Fortunately, she is interrupted by a deliciously chaotic series of events. The filmmaker channeled Hollywood inspiration into his own unique vision, arriving at the irreverent humor and vibrant visual sense that define his work today. With an exceptional ensemble cast that also includes Antonio Banderas and Rossy de Palma, this film shows an artist in total control of his craft.

Original Release

03/25/1988

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Cast

Directors

Pedro Almodovar

Writers

Pedro Almodovar, Jean Cocteau

Cast

Carmen Maura Pepa
Antonio Banderas Carlos
Julieta Serrano Lucía
Maria Barranco Candela
Rossy de Palma Marisa
Kiti Mánver Paulina Morales (as Kiti Manver)
Guillermo Montesinos Taxista
Loles Leon Secretaria
Agustín Almodóvar Empleado Inmobiliaria
Ana Leza Ana
Fernando Guillen Iván
Angel de Andres Lopez Policía I (as Angel de Andrés-López) / Policía I (as Angel de Andrés-López)
José Antonio Navarro Policía II
Juan Lombardero Germán
Chus Lampreave Portera Testiga de Jehová
Mary González Madre Lucía
Javier Bardem
Imanol Uribe Marido
Eduardo Calvo Padre de Lucía (as Yayo Calvo)
Ambite Ambite

Producers

Editors

José Salcedo

1989 Oscar Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
1989 Golden Globe Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
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