When Ivan (Fernando Guillen) jilts long-time lover, actress Pepa (Carmen Maura), she plans her suicide; lacing her gazpacho soup with barbiturates. She is, however saved by her best friend Candela (Maria Barranco), a fugitive from the law. Further adding to the chaos, Ivan's son (Antonio Banderas) and his fiance Marisa (Rossy de Palma) turn up at the apartment. Bored with the situation, Marisa inadvertently ingests the gazpacho and as she blissfully snoozes, her fiance inaugurates an affair with Carmen's fugitive friend.
I nearly had a nervous breakdown
- Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown review by Miss Lane
very disappointing, very slow. I actually turned it off.
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- Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown review by PM
In his inimitable way Almodavar slowly builds his unlikely story into a complex and humorous finale, faintly reminiscent of "Some Like it Hot". But a word of warning, the dubbed "English" version somehow manages to miss all the humour of the subtitled version. It requires a little more concentration but if you can give this film your undivided attention then it's possible that, like me, you'll be chuckling for a long time afterwards.