I don't really know what I have just watched (maybe that's the harbinger to a rewatch), I only know that it was funny as hell. Maybe Almodóvar was also nervous while writing the script, because it all starts in a rush. Bang, bang, bang... and it doesn't end there. Colours everywhere! And welcome to the eighties. In Spain, of course.
Is incredible how in this movie Almodòvar manages to make his characters both so human and so grotesquely over the top, building a story that manages to touch on very emotional themes without losing its whimsical tone.
Like the trashiest of soap operas,Almodóvar's Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown knows an over-the-top plot needs outrageous characters to balance everything out . Not one character seems remotely real in this film--- but who cares? It's all about pathos and tragedy and romantic fatalism. Besides, who hasn't imagined dying or killing for love?
Drugged gazpacho, attempted suicides, terrorist plots and police inquires are the order of the day in this farcical romp of a film. The usual Almodovar neons and strong female characters are also apparent in one of the Spaniard’s lighter efforts but its frenetic, zany comedy is endlessly enjoyable and as ever is gorgeously shot.
It is so enjoyable that even the meanest characters come off as rather fun and entertaining. The credit goes to Almodovar for the great script and direction. He nails it as he presents this story, and even the minor characters have great development. Maura's performance is amazing. It's so over the top, but it is so Almodovar.
It could have turned into a lame soap opera but in the hands of Almodovar it's a colorful, energetic and funny piece of cinema.
I'm starting to see how foolish it was to try to get into Almodóvar by watching his latest films. His eighties films have so much more energy, and I can feel myself getting more serious about them because they don't take themselves so seriously. This one is a gem, fast, funny, and clever—and it makes a persuasive argument, in case any were needed, that men and women are both completely nuts.