Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown [Criterion Collection]

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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Release Date
2/21/17 
Studio
Sony Pictures
MPAA Rating
R -- Restricted
Length
1 hour, 29 minutes
Sound
  • Dolby Digital w/ 4 channels of sound from a 2-channel stereo mix. DS -- Dolby Surround (4.0)
  • Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Subtitles
  • English
Video Features
  • New 2K digital restoration, supervised by Director Pedro Almodovar and Executive Producer Agustin Almodovar
  • Alternate 5.1 Surround Soundtrack
  • New interviews with Pedro Almodovar, Agustin Almodovar, and actor Carmen Maura
  • New discussion by film scholar Richard Pena of the film's impact on Spain and abroad
  • Trailer
  • New English Subtitle translation
  • Plus: An essay by novelist and critic Elvira Lindo
Number of Discs
1

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