Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) with The Human Voice (2020)

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Director: Pedro Almodóvar Run Time: 118 min. Rating: R Release Year: 1988 Language: Spanish

Starring: Antonio Banderas, Carmen Maura, Chus Lampreave, Eduardo Calvo, Guillermo Montesinos, Julieta Serrano, Kiti Mánver, Loles León, María Barranco, Rossy de Palma

Country: Spain
Language: English, Spanish


Double Feature! Discover two celebrated films from the vanguard of modern Spanish cinema, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar.


“Melding melodrama with screwball farce… [Almodóvar] channeled Hollywood inspiration into his own unique vision, arriving at the irreverent humor and vibrant visual sense that define his work today”

Criterion on Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Pedro Almodóvar first achieved international recognition for the black comedy-drama Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 61st Academy Awards. In the film, a television actress encounters a variety of eccentric characters after embarking on a journey to discover why her lover abruptly left her.

His most recently released film, The Human Voice (2020), premiered at the 2020 Venice Film Festival. In the film, two living beings face abandonment: a woman who watches time passing next to the suitcases of her ex-lover (who is supposed to come pick them up, but never arrives) and a restless dog who doesn’t understand that his master has abandoned him.

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