Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Directed by Pedro Almodovar
Is that the title of my life? HA! Sorry, I thought I had to say it.
Pepa Marcos is a voice over actress who is currently dubbing Johnny Guitar (what is everyone's deal with that movie) in Spanish with her boyfriend Ivan. Ivan dumps Pepa with a message on her machine, then refuses to talk to her. Harsh. I feel you, girl. Pepa seems to want to commit suicide, but keeps getting sidetracked by the people around her.
I know some people find this film hilarious, but I was too busy trying to follow along to get much laughter out of this one. I don't like farces very much. I think it was just too wide of a cultural gap for me to really get the humor. Otherwise, the acting was well done and I always appreciate the hunky Antonio Banderas. I think he is single now...
I did like the director's style, but this ultimately wasn't an enjoyable film for me. Maybe I will explore more of his work.
The idea of an American remake was considered, with Jane Fonda as Pepa.