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        Pedro Almodóvar


        Pedro Almodóvar (screenplay)
        Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 22 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »


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        Comedy | Drama


        IIB | See all certifications »

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        Release Date:

        6 March 2005 (Hong Kong) See more »

        Also Known As:

        Femmes au bord de la crise de nerfs See more »


        Box Office


        $700,000 (estimated)

        Opening Weekend USA:

        $13,399, 13 August 2006

        Gross USA:


        Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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        Company Credits

        Production Co:

        Laurenfilm, El Deseo See more »
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        Technical Specs


        Sound Mix:

        Ultra Stereo


        Color (Eastmancolor)

        Aspect Ratio:

        1.85 : 1
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        In the minutes between Ivàn calling Pepa from the phone booth and hiding while she throws out his things, to Lucía and the police arriving at the apartment, the sky changes immediately from day to night. See more »


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        Tight as a drum
        13 June 2006 | by rbowles-2See all my reviews

        What I like most about this movie is the economy of it's writing and directing. There really isn't a wasted moment, nothing extraneous and that is what keeps the pace crackling and makes the movie watchable in every moment. It also has one of the GREAT ensembles ever. Carmen Maura as Pepa keeps herself on that verge for an hour and a half without ever really falling off the edge, it is a beautifully modulated performance. Maria Barranco as Candela is another performance that teeters on the edge of falling off into an emotional rubble but somehow manages to keep it together. Those two are delightful in every moment they are on screen. We can't forget Julieta Serrano as Lucia, the one truly crazy, post-breakdown woman in the story who brings a quality of self-awareness to her role that makes it a bit heartbreaking. She knows she is nuts and can't do a damn thing about it. And then there is VERY strangely attractive Rossy de Palma as Marisa, a virgin who needs nothing so much as she just needs to get laid to mellow her out. These women are all superlative, but Guillermo Montesinos as the Taxi Driver nearly steals the movie out from everyone and gives certainly the best male performance in the film. You have to see him to believe him.

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