English title: Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
Pedro Almodovar had been making movies for over ten years when Women on the verge… brought him worldwide attention, which he has kept for over twenty years.
written and directed by Almodovar, Women on the verge… is a broad farce, centering on actress Pepa (Carmen Maura) who works at dubbing foreign movies in Spanish. Pepa is having a affair with her married co-worker, who has disappeared and his not responding to her messages.
the action mostly takes place in Pepa's gorgeous penthouse apartment – before it's all over, there will be appearances by lawyers, terrorists, girlfriends of terrorists, police detectives, a Jehova's witness concierge, a mambo-crazed taxi driver*, and Pepa's lover, who has kept a few secrets from her. also a ridiculously young Antonio Banderas
* I can't track any clips of the 'mambo taxi', sadly.
opening credits (Spanish)
a clip (in Spanish) featuring Pepa and her lover's wife, Julieta