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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Movie Review Summary

Actors: Carmen Maura, Maria Barranca, Julieta Serrano, Antonio Banderas

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Pepa, a television actress who also dubs foreign films, met her lover Ivan through the latter activity but he has dumped her. Trying to locate him to find out why, she meets his first wife, current lover, and son, who are all clueless as well. Her friend Candela keeps coming around, terrified because she had a fling with a guy who's been arrested as a Shi'ite terrorist. If all of this sounds heavy, it's not; it's utterly hilarious. Spanish director Pedro Almodovar is a gay man who adores women, and most of the protagonists of his farcical films are female. Maura manages to look alternately gorgeous and plain as she throws a phone through a glass door, sets her bed on fire, talks to her chickens and plants, and spikes the gazpacho with barbiturates. But she's entitled, and by the end of the movie Pepa seems the most sane and honorable person in the story. Watch for the taxi driver who invariably turns up at the right moment, and whose cab is a combination drugstore and bar. A young Banderas is almost unrecognizable in a small, nerdy role.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   actor Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Hispanic/Latinic Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Spain City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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