Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

To attempt a synopsis of this extravagantly stylish farce would be daft and forgettable: suffice it to say that a lot happens in the absence of anything actually happening. What lingers in the memory is a sustained desperation, and scenes of Wilder-like sophistication dotted with improbable props, actions, inflated campery, and most of Almodóvar's usual repertory-style company. Somehow a deranged and oddly distanced plot is contrived from elements including infidelity, tranquiliser-spiked gazpacho, interior decor, bad fashion, beds on fire, caged animals, demented telephone answering machines, Shi-ite terrorists, motorbikes, sentimentalism, property rental, and madness. Don't expect the delirious, hilarious eroticism of Almodóvar's previous Law of Desire, although the two films share a taste for the thriller elements of high comedy. This is an altogether stranger film - looser, more dream-like, as if directed in the state to which the title refers.


Release details

89 mins

Cast and crew

Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
Carmen Maura
Antonio Banderas
Julieta Serrano
María Barranco
Rossy de Palma