Almodovar's films all seem to be stamped with his DNA, a certain look, a vibrancy of colour and attention to detail. So too, his films have unforgettable characters that are ever so slightly quirky, yet always human. 'Women on the Verge...' has a wonderful feel to it, mixing comedy, love and drama into a dazzling concoction. Never a dull moment, inventive angles, gorgeous filming and a crazy script to boot. Great!
Almodóvar made an international name for himself when this was released and for good reason. No one makes films like Pedro does - his style is uniquely his own and this film first showed us how rebellious, hilarious, and topical his work is. A luscious, pro-woman tale shines brighter in a post-Franco Spain and it clearly struck a chord as this was a smash hit in 1988.
The “high art” sensibilities of a serious filmmaker meets the “low art (?)” trappings of television soap operas. Whatever you want to call it, it is undeniably fun. Sometimes that’s all that’s required of a movie, but this has more going for it too.