Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1988]

  • SKU: 32365558
  • Release Date: 02/21/2017
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)

Special Features

  • Alternate 5.1 Surround Soundtrack
  • New 2K digital restoration, supervised by Director Pedro Almodovar and Executive Producer Agustin Almodovar
  • New English Subtitle translation
  • New discussion by film scholar Richard Pena of the film's impact on Spain and abroad
  • New interviews with Pedro Almodovar, Agustin Almodovar, and actor Carmen Maura
  • Plus: An essay by novelist and critic Elvira Lindo
  • Trailer


Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Though the kinky characters and aberrant social behavior common to the works of Spanish director Pedro Almodovar are very evident in his Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, the film is at heart a door-slamming farce in the grand tradition. The tiny apartment of pregnant actress Carmen Maura is the "Grand Central Station" setpiece for this dizzying tale. Distraught over her recent breakup with her lover, Carmen prepares to overdose on sleeping pills, which she blends into a gazpacho so they'll go down easier. She is diverted from her suicide by her best friend Maria Barranco, a fugitive from justice (her boy friend is a Shi'Ite terrorist) who needs a place to stay. Later, when Carmen's apartment is empty, her ex-lover's grown son (Antonio Banderas) comes to the apartment with his fiance (Rossy de Palma) in answer to Carmen's "room to let" newspaper ad. The wife inadvertently ingests Carmen's "pill sauce," and as she blissfully snoozes, the husband inaugurates an affair with Carmen's friend Barranco. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Carmen Maura
    Carmen Maura - Pepa
  • Antonio Banderas
    Antonio Banderas - Carlos
  • Fernando Guillén
    Fernando Guillén - Ivan
  • Julieta Serrano
    Julieta Serrano - Lucia
  • Maria Barranco
    Maria Barranco - Candela

Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Ultimate Almodovar Comedy

    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Vivid, sensual and very funny, Almodovar seemingly lost interest in comedy shortly after this, but for this I am so gratedul. It bears his signature unmistakeably. My only criticism: the Shiite terrorist jokes don't really work anymore, in the US (or in Spain, for that matter). But apart from that this is unmitigated comedy genius. Of course the film is helped by strong acting throughout. Literally it never skips one beat. If you haven't seen it, you really must. Required. If you have a pulse you'll love it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great experience


    I placed my order online and was extrememly happy with my purchase. it arrived before the date given and in excellent condition. I will definitely order from Bustbuy again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie

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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    The movie is a classic and a must to see!! Another awesome movie!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

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