Crazy hormonal women. Hysteria—believed to be caused by disturbances of the uterus. Why is it that women are always portrayed as crazy? Do these women have power? Well, as we’ve seen in THOTS, Volver and now Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown we can see they definitely have control. These women’s lives may be all out of whack but they each find a coping mechanism that helps them move on.
In THOTS, the women are more independent as opposed to in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Clara declares her independence from Esteban from the very beginning. She does not allow him to mistreat her in the sense that she doesn’t care enough to let it affect her. Pepa on the other hand is in love with Ivan a philandering older man who has many women and shows little interest in her needs. In the end Pepa too declares her independence from this man and decides to rain her child as her own and not let him be involved since he didn’t care enough to hear her out.
Both of these works include a group of strong female protagonist. The women in both of these plot lines are chaotic and unruly. They have a mind of their own and want things their way. These are strong willed women even with their out of the ordinary eccentric behavior. They are the perfect example that not everyone has to fill the same mold because they come in many forms.
Women on the Verge of a Nervous breakdown is comedic as opposed to THOTS which has a serious tone to it. This contrast between this film and the novel shows the many turns that can be taken to reach a common point. Although the film is comic it gets some of the same points across which is hard because these are serious problems being laughed at. There has to be the right balance of comedy and seriousness to get the message across. This film does a great job in criticizing philandering men and emphasizing the strength of these quirky off balance women.
Fun Fact: I am a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown about 99.99% of the time.
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