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Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown

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Part of Loft Staff Selects, a monthly series showcasing film favorites chosen by our amazing Loft Cinema staff! This month’s film was chosen by DANIELA ONTIVEROS.
The hilariously off-kilter comedy that turned Pedro Almodóvar in an international cinema icon, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown weaves a madcap array of colorful characters into a frantic, wickedly funny, manic-depressive symphony. High atop one of Spain’s poshest penthouses, three women have come to the end of their mental ropes. Pepa (Almodóvar -muse Carmen Maura), is a TV star heartbroken by her lover, Ivan (Fernando Guillen), who has just jilted her on her answering machine! Desperately trying to figure out what went wrong, Pepa, teetering precariously on her skyscraper high heels, is obsessing over her heartless lover and starting to lose her bearings. Her neurotic best friend Candela (Maria Barranco) is seeking refuge at Pepa’s penthouse apartment because she recently realized her love is a Shiite terrorist. And Ivan’s vengeful ex-wife, Lucia (Julieta Serrano), was just released from a 20-year stint in a mental institution, and she’s understandably upset and looking for payback. They’re all mighty mad – in fact, they’re on the verge of a nervous breakdown! Co-starring Antonio Banderas, Women on the Verge is a riotous blend of crazed camp humor, over-the-top plot twists and garish production design, giving Almodóvar free rein to gorge on TV soap operas, tabloid news and Hollywood melodramas to concoct one of the funniest and frothiest war-of-the-sexes comedies ever made! (Dir. by Pedro Almodóvar, 1988, Spain, in Spanish with subtitles, 90 mins., Rated)

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