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Mistresses -- Spain -- Drama, Women -- Spain -- Drama

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

(Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios)

featuring

Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Julieta Serrano, Maria Barranco,

Longtime Almodóvar icon Carmen Maura is but one of many women on the verge in Almodóvar’s international breakthrough, a riotous blend of screwball comedy, fifties melodramas, Spanish soap operas, and high-eighties fashion that’s “as crowd-pleasing as it is color-coordinated” (J. Hoberman). Brokenhearted and breaking down, Pepa (Maura) must deal with a parade of similarly unhinged characters who assemble in her pastel-walled, brightly decorated Madrid flat (shot like something from a Rock Hudson/Doris Day film). Feminist lawyers, terrorists, clueless cops, and a young Antonio Banderas amplify the madness in this “brilliantly funny, sensual, and glittering celebration of women” (David Denby).

Jason Sanders
FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Pedro Almodóvar
Cinematographer
  • José Luis Alcaine
Language
  • Spanish
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 88 mins
Source
  • Sony Pictures Classics
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[Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown] (other), 2004

Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown (distributor materials), New Yorker Films, 1995

The films of Pedro Almodóvar (distributor materials), New Yorker Films, 1993

Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown (distributor materials), New Yorker Films, 1992

Wonder kid (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England), Rosa Bosch, 1990

Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown (press kit), Orion Classics, Pedro Almodóvar, 1989

Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (review), Variety, Peter Besas, 1988

Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown (review), Village Voice, J. Hoberman, 1988

The feminine cinematique (review), East Bay Express, Michael Covino, 1988

Women on the edge of a nervous breakdown (program note), London Film Festival, Pedro Almodóvar, 1988

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