Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

Director
Pedro Almodóvar

Main cast
Carmen Maura; Antonio Banderas; Julieta Serrano; María Barranco; Rossy de Palma

Genres
Comedy, Drama

Description
A breakup leads Pepa Marcos (Carmen Maura) into a chain of ludicrous and hilarious events.


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