Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)


Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is from director Pedro Almodovar, touted as Spain’s most famous director. Indeed, the names of many of his films are very familiar – Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! All About My Mother and Bad Education to name just a few. His most recent, I’m So Excited! was the opening film of MIFF 2013. I’ve not seen much of his work; in fact, the only one I can recall is Volver, which I saw recently and thoroughly enjoyed.

This film follows the life of Pepa, whose lover has just left. She is desperate to talk to him, but their messages miss each other, and no matter where Pepa is, she is one step behind him. Along with this, she is dealing with terrorists, lawyers, ex-wives and the telephone company.

It’s very much like a French farce, with things being thrown out of windows, people missing each other narrowly, running from one place to another, missing messages, misunderstandings. It’s fun and silly and there is a very young Antonio Banderas to keep your interest, which is very nice.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.


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