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thumbnail Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988 Spain)

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Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Starring: Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Julieta Serrano
Genre: Comedy
Duration:   88 mins     Rated R

Pedro Almodóvar’s first mainstream hit was loosely based on Jean Cocteau’s 1930 play, La Voix Humaine, although it also borrowed liberally from the works of Spanish dramatists Mihura and Jardiel Poncela, from Dorothy Parker’s Anything Goes essays, and from such Hollywood genre pictures as Jean Negulesco’s How to Marry a Millionaire, Stanley Donen’s Funny Face and Billy Wilder’s The Apartment.
One of the main reasons why these women have been driven to the verge is that virtually every male character is portrayed as weak and in keeping with the classic woman’s picture format, the female characters are surprisingly strong. An explosion of garish colour, wacky detail and surreal complications, Almodovar’s very funny, urban comedy overflows with the unexpected.

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