Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown


The Main 3 Sun, Feb 18 5:00 PM
Film Info
Program:Films That Fueled DRIVE-AWAY DOLLS
Release Year:1988
Runtime:88 min
Print Source:Sony Pictures Classics
Dark Comedy
Director:Pedro Almodóvar
Cinematographer:José Luis Alcaine
Screenwriter:Pedro Almodóvar
Editor:José Salcedo
Composer:Bernardo Bonezzi
Principal Cast:Carmen Maura
Antonio Banderas
Fernando Guillén
María Barranco
Julieta Serrano
Rossy de Palma


Films That Fueled DRIVE-AWAY DOLLS

To celebrate the release of Drive-Away Dolls, filmmakers Ethan Coen and Tricia Cooke shared a list of films that influenced them during the process. Among them were the 1950 noir-charged B-movie Gun Crazy and Pedro Almodóvar's zany dark comedy Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

See both exclusively at The Main Cinema on Sunday, February 18th, followed by the MN premiere of Drive-Away Dolls.

All three films are free to attend – reservations are highly recommended.

Read filmmakers Ethan Coen and Tricia Cooke’s essay on their "formative influences" here Drive-Away Dolls opens February 22 at The Main Cinema.

About the Film

Creating "one of the jauntiest of all war-of-the-sexes comedies" (Pauline Kael), Pedro Almodóvar, Spain's premiere writer-director, creates an off-kilter universe of madness, mayhem and pure fun. Nominated for the 1988 Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film, and co-starring Antonio Banderas, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is "a wild, wanton, wickedly witty farce! (People)" High atop one of Spain's poshest penthouses, three women have come to the end of their mental ropes. Super-sexy Pepa (Carmen Maura) is forever teetering around atop her skyscraper spikes as she obsesses over Iván (Fernando Guillén), the lover who just jilted her over the answering machine! Her neurotic best friend Candela (María Barranco) is seeking refuge at Pepa's place because she recently realized her lover is a Shiite terrorist. And Iván's ex-wife Lucía (Julieta Serrano) was just released from a 20-year stint in a mental institution. They're all mighty mad -- in fact, they're on the verge of a nervous breakdown and one of them is about to commit murder unless the other half-crazed femmes fatales can stop her!

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