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Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown [DVD]

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  • Actors: Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Fernando Guillén, Julieta Serrano, Maria Barranco
  • Directors: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Dec. 2006
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A2FCSI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,600 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Pedro Almodovar directs this fast-moving, surreal farce of obsessive love. When Ivan jilts his long-time lover Pepa, she considers suicide, laces her gazpacho soup with barbituates and lets her flat. However, the tenants turn out to be Ivan's son and his girlfriend. Revelations pile up, weirder and weirder characters appear and meanwhile Ivan is flying off to Stockholm with yet another young girl. Carmen Maura and Antonio Banderas star.

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This high-concept farce was probably the film that first propelled Almodovar into International consciousness more than 20 years ago. All the characteristic trademarks are here, including an escalating cascade of unlikely (but strangely convincing) events and a handful of wonderfully written parts for women, who all give superb performances, especially Carmen Maura in the central role. Every actress who works with Almodovar seems to emerge blessed by the experience both professionally and personally. Of course, as soon as you sit down to examine the thing rationally it evaporates into thin air but it is terrifically entertaining while it lasts and a great introduction to this marvellous Director. (It is also fun to see a very young Antonio Banderas doing great things with a bit of unlikely casting).
The new DVD has a fine print but few extras. However, on Amazon it's a bargain!
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The wildly hysterical international box office hit, Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, introduces us to Pepa (Carmen Maura) who has just been jilted by an answering machine. The love of her life, Ivan, (Fernando Guillén) has just ended their relationship and she is heartbroken.
But misery does love company. Her girlfriend, Candela, has fallen in love with a terrorist. Ivan's son wants to rent the love nest Pepa shared with Ivan. Ivan's crazed wife arrives with loaded guns and Ivan himself is about to fly off to Stockholm with his new girlfriend on a plane that Candela's boyfriend plans to hijack. Pedro Almodovar's films are usually twisted, zany, and a bit disconcerting. This is probably one of his best films, along with "Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down", (also starring Banderas). He uses many of the same actors in his films, but this is probably the best use of Maura in any of his films. Pepa is a strong, formidable character that evolves throughout "Women." From first meeting her in the film it appears that she is shallow and one-dimensional, but in the final scenes of the movie, particularly when she finally gets a hold of Ivan, you realize that she is indeed a decent person.
It's enough to drive any woman to a nervous breakdown - or beyond, in this madcap farce from acclaimed director Pedro Almlódovar.
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By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 July 2010
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Great fun, as Almodovar's visual sophistication continues to expand from film to film, and his ability to create a subtle mix of the campy, the surreal, and real emotion grows ever stronger. Full of odd and silly twists and turns, and populated by absurd but still very human characters. It's also a film with a theme - the amazing strength and resilience of women.

So why not a 5 star rating for a film a lot of smart people consider a flat-out masterpiece?. Maybe I need to re-see it a third time, but on recent round of working my way through all of Almodovar's films, it felt paper thin. I enjoyed it, but it didn't feel like a film that would stick with me, or effect me. In some ways, I found the far more flawed `Matador' has more unforgettable images, moments and challenging power. That said, this is still very worth your time. You'll smile a lot.
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A brilliant farce from the heady 80s when Almodovar was poised between the shock for shock's sake of his early films and the more upholstered feel of his more recent work, Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown has a unique, zany quality that stands up very well today. The story is odd and seems to glide into the film out of nothing, gradually. By the end it has become quite taut, and you wonder how he has done it out of such material. Coincidences abound but it centres on Pepa, played by a fabulous Carmen Maura, who has been left by her cowardly lover, is subletting the flat she shared with him to his son, by pure coincidence, has a friend who is caught up with some terrorists descend on her, and the deranged wife of the lover, fresh from an asylum. Throw in the wonderful Rossy De Palma as the son's girlfriend, a "high maintenance" girl who drinks some spiked gazpacho and has a transforming erotic dream, two dopey policemen, a telephone repair man described by Pepa as "a doll", and some ducks and hens on a huge terrace overlooking Madrid, and you have an extraordinary concoction. Full of funny lines, flirtatious moments, changes of clothes and glorious performances, the comedy builds to almost dangerous levels as the wife loses her sense of proportion completely. The images are wonderfully vivid and strange, with a lot of use of voices and recordings to give a sense of dislocation, yet it is so tightly-packed. It is good to see Antonio Banderas in an early role, but the plum part is really Maura's, her expressive eyes holding you through her travails and conveying both heartache and camp comedy at full tilt. She also brings tremendous style to a gazpacho-toned masterpiece, one of the few films where you see a clutch of beef tomatoes in gorgeous close-up, even if the scene is cut short by a nicked finger ...
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"Women on the Verge" is Almodovar at his lightest and fluffiest and is a good introduction to the filmmaker.
Unlike some of his darker and more twisted films, I felt comfortable watching this one with my teenager who's studying Spanish.
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