almost 6 years
Slap-happy, fun, riotous - one of Almodovar's best stings with enjoyment.
Tamia C Timberlake
Pedro Almodovar. Quirky. Spain. Music. Spanish, Subtitles. Antonio Bandares.
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Spanish: Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios, "Women on the verge of a hysterical fit") is a 1988 Spanish black comedy film written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, starring Carmen Maura and Antonio Banderas. The film brought Almodóvar to widespread international attention: it was nominated for the 1988 Academy Award for Best Foreign-language film, and won five Goya Awards including Best Film and Best Actress in a Leading Role for Maura.
The actual Spanish title refers to "un ataque de nervios" which is not actually well translated by "nervous breakdown". "Ataques de nervios" are culture-bound psychological phenomena during which the individual, most often female, displays dramatic outpouring of negative emotions, bodily gestures, occasional falling to the ground, and fainting, often in response to receiving disturbing news or witnessing or participating in an upsetting event. Historically, this condition has been associated with...