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7. "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" (1988)
Almodóvar’s mainstream breakthrough to some extent – a hit with critics and audiences, it was the first of his films to nab an Oscar nod – this dizzyingly convoluted farce of sex, lies and spiked gazpacho hasn’t aged as elegantly as some of his less celebrated earlier work. Its escalation into violent madcap goose-chase is shallower than I had remembered. It’s still a delicious, delirious ride, however, and Carmen Maura effortlessly inspires empathy even at her most manic. A Broadway musical adaptation opened (and swiftly closed) three years ago: a good idea in theory, but how do you keep up with this?