When IvÃ¡n (Fernando GuillÃ©n) jilts long-time lover, actress Pepa (Carmen Maura), she plans her suicide; lacing her gazpacho soup with barbiturates. She is, however saved by her best friend Candela (Maria Barranco), a fugitive from the law. Further adding to the chaos, Ivan's son (Antonio Banderas) and his finance Marisa (Rossy de Palma) turn up at the apartment. Bored with the situation, Marisa inadvertently ingests the gazpacho and as she blissfully snoozes, her fiancÃ© inaugurates an affair with Carmen's fugitive friend. Pedro AlmodÃ³var directs this fact-moving,... surreal farce of obsessive love, garnering him an Academy AwardÂ® nomination. Extras: Around Women On The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Introduction by JosÃ© Arroyo Trailer [show more]
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Antonio Banderas and Carmen Maura star in this Spanish black comedy written and directed Pedro Almodóvar. The film follows Pepa Marcos (Maura), a distraught TV actress considering suicide after her long-time lover Iván (Fernando Guillén) leaves her without warning. When she lets out her flat, the new tenants turn out to be Iván's son Carlos (Banderas) and his fiancée Marisa (Rossy de Palma) which further complicates matters. Meanwhile, Pepa's friend Candela (Maria Barranco) is desperate to contact her after learning that her former lover is wanted by the police on terrorism charges.