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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown R

A comedy about someone you know
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 29 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: February 21, 2017
  • Originally Released: 1988
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: New 2K digital restoration, supervised by Director Pedro Almodovar and Executive Producer Agustin Almodovar
    • Alternate 5.1 Surround Soundtrack
    • New interviews with Pedro Almodovar, Agustin Almodovar, and actor Carmen Maura
    • New discussion by film scholar Richard Pena of the film's impact on Spain and abroad
    • Trailer
    • New English Subtitle translation
    • Plus: An essay by novelist and critic Elvira Lindo
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - Spanish
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround - Spanish
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - Spanish
    • Subtitles - English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
Performer: , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenplay by
Composition by
Produced by
Director of Photography:
Executive Production by

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"How many men have you had to forget'"--Ivan (Fernando Guillén) to Pepa (Carmen Maura)
"As many as the women you remember."
  - Pepa
"For two days everyone has been saying no to me. Now it's my turn to say no."
  - Pepa

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 28


User Ratings: 22,546
Included in The New York Times 10 BEST FILMS OF 1988
New York Times
Dec 25, 1988
Rating: 4.5/5 -- A film whose overwhelming liveliness provides an enthusiastic, ebullient rebuke to the despair of its characters. Full Review
Alternate Ending
Apr 15, 2018
Rating: 4.5/5 -- Probably Pedro Almodovar's most completely accessible film -- certainly it's one of his funniest and most popular works. Full Review
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Aug 7, 2002
This is painless sexual politics, a fiendish comedy full of prickles and pain and the bright shiny pinks of a matador's cape. Full Review
Washington Post
Jan 1, 2000
Rating: 4/4 -- A feminist comedy with real bite; it always brings down the house.
Chicago Tribune
Aug 31, 2006
Rating: 4/5 -- An incisive, fast-paced romp with the serious theme of obsessive love. Full Review
TV Guide
Jul 30, 2003
Rating: 4/5 -- In Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Mr. Almodovar sets out to charm rather than shock. That he succeeds should not come as a surprise.
New York Times
May 20, 2003

Product Description:

This colorful hit put director Pedro Almodóvar on the international map and cemented the reputation of its star, Carmen Maura. The film is a peppy little soap bubble as TV actress Pepa (Maura) wakes up to find a note from her lover, Ivan (Fernando Guillén), informing her he is leaving. Desperate to tell him some important information, Pepa almost kills herself with sleeping pills, burns her bed, and spends most of the movie trying to track him down. Her adventures put her in contact with Ivan's insane ex-wife (Julieta Serrano), his handsome son (Antonio Banderas), and the son's fiancée (Rossy de Palma). They all descend on her penthouse apartment in a deliriously comic extended scene, complicated by a pitcher full of narcotic gazpacho and her friend Candela (María Barranco), a ditzy beauty wanted by the police for associating with Shiite terrorists. Through it all, the indefatigable Pepa fights gallantly against her crushing heartbreak. As a testament to the resilient beauty of women, this free-spirited film rings true and is a treasure. Also appearing are Chus Lampreave, Kiti Manver, Yayo Calvo, and Guillermo Montesinos as the hilarious driver of the Mambo Taxi.

Plot Synopsis:

Set in Madrid, Pedro Almodóvar's WOMEN ON THE VERGE ON A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN features two lovers who dub films for a living. They enjoy a long-term relationship until the man abruptly pulls out, shocking the woman and sending her on a frantic search to locate him.


Production Notes:

  • Filmed in Madrid, Spain.
  • Though this film did not win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film of 1989, it did win that category in other awards that year, including the U.S. National Board of Review, the National Society of Film Critics Awards, and the New York Film Critics Circle Award.
  • Pedro Almodóvar won for Best Screenplay at the 1988 Venice Film Festival and the People's Choice Awards at the 1988 Toronto Festival.
  • Carmen Maura won for Best Actress in the 1988 European Film Awards and the 1989 Spanish Goya Awards. Goya Awards also went to María Barranco for Best Supporting Actress, Jose Salcedo for Best Editing, and Almodóvar for Best Screenplay and Best Film.

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  • UPC: 715515192613
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