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Watch it,if you appreciate madhouse humor;if you don't, then,
This review is from: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown [VHS] (VHS Tape)
WATCH THIS FILM AND LEARN TO APPRECIATE THIS KIND OF HUMOR, WHILE YOU STILL CAN... This film is one of the most funniest films, I have ever seen. Even if you watch it dozen of times, it is still funny, because [while dialogue itself is hilarious] the most fun comes from the faces and body language of the actors/characters. Statistically, this film is the most popular Spanish film in North America, so far. It is definitely the most popular and well-known of Almodovar's films.
I don't want to give away the plot. Besides, the plot is too crazy to explain... You just have to see it. I'll just say that you will see:
Banderas as a stuttering, young man in glasses [beautiful, just as well...], who is totally under control of his impossibly ugly fiancee [very gifted comedian actress, but the way].
Young girl, trying to commit suicide, by sliding off the penthouse balcony.
Young virgin, having an erotic dream and, subsequently, "losing her virginity" in a dream, after being heavily drugged.
Also, coming to the screen near you: crazy mother, strange taxi-driver, unlucky terrorists, wacky neighbors, sloppy policemen, and one over-sexed womanizer, who gets what he deserves, but not quite....
All in all, it is a total mad-house, created in a very beautiful Spanish penthouse, by a series of unfortunate circumstances.
After watching this film, I thought to myself, that Shakespearean comedies have finally found their independent counter-part in the 20th cenruty's cinema.