Wednesday, February 24, 2016

775. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

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.

RATING: ***--

Interesting Facts:

The idea of an American remake was considered, with Jane Fonda as Pepa.


  1. You will like to know that it is not just the cultural gap. Contrary to what foreign people seem to believe, Almodovar films do not reflect Spanish reality. They are over-the-top for us, too. I met someone some time ago who thought that all the taxis here were as the one in the movie. No, they are not, they are regular taxis. That's why the one in the film is funny.

    We, Spaniards, have always to fight against this kind of misconceptions when traveling abroad. For this reason, the younger generations are tired of Almodovar (well, that and the fact that he does not pay taxes in Spain but that's another story). I, myself, am a bit prejudiced against him but I find this one quite hilarious.

    Although you are right that the story is a bit confusing, especially at the beginning, due to the number of characters and storylines.

    1. I'm glad I got your perspective on this! Also I would love to hear your recommendations of non List Spanish movies.