Criterion Collection: Women On The Verge Of A

Criterion Collection: Women On The Verge Of A

Carmen Maura
Director: Pedro Almodóvar Cast: Carmen Maura
Carmen Maura
, Antonio Banderas
Antonio Banderas
, Fernando Guillén
Fernando Guillén
Pedro Almodóvar

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Overview

Though the kinky characters and aberrant social behavior common to the works of Spanish director Pedro Almodovar are very evident in his Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, the film is at heart a door-slamming farce in the grand tradition. The tiny apartment of pregnant actress Carmen Maura is the "Grand Central Station" setpiece for this dizzying tale. Distraught over her recent breakup with her lover, Carmen prepares to overdose on sleeping pills, which she blends into a gazpacho so they'll go down easier. She is diverted from her suicide by her best friend Maria Barranco, a fugitive from justice (her boy friend is a Shi'Ite terrorist) who needs a place to stay. Later, when Carmen's apartment is empty, her ex-lover's grown son (Antonio Banderas) comes to the apartment with his fiance (Rossy de Palma) in answer to Carmen's "room to let" newspaper ad. The wife inadvertently ingests Carmen's "pill sauce," and as she blissfully snoozes, the husband inaugurates an affair with Carmen's friend Barranco.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/21/2017
UPC: 0715515192514
Original Release: 1988
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time: 1:29:00
Sales rank: 12,163

Special Features

New 2k digital restoration, supervised by Director Pedro Almodovar and Executive Producer Agustin Almodovar, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack; Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio; New interviews with Pedro Almodovar, Agustin Almodovar, and actor Carmen Maura; New discussion by film scholar Richard Pena of the film's impact in Spain and abroad; Trailer; New English Subtitle translation; Plus: An essay by novelist and critic Elvira Lindo

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Carmen Maura Pepa
Antonio Banderas Carlos
Fernando Guillén Ivan
Julieta Serrano Lucia
Maria Barranco Candela
Rossy de Palma Marisa
Kiti Manver Paulina
Chus Lampreave Actor
Yayo Calvo Actor
Loles Leon Actor
Angel de Andrés Lopez Actor
Guillermo Montesinos Actor
Lupe Barrado Secretaria Paulina
Gabriel Latorre Cura
Agustín Almodóvar Empleado Inmobiliaria
Imanol Uribe Marido
Jose Marco Padrino

Technical Credits
Pedro Almodóvar Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Jose Luis Alcaine Cinematographer
Agustín Almodóvar Executive Producer
Bernardo Bonezzi Score Composer
Jose Maria de Cossio Costumes/Costume Designer
Esther Garcia Production Manager
Gilles Ortion Sound/Sound Designer
José Salcedo Editor

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