Ferrante Fever

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With over 10 million copies of her "Neapolitan Novels" sold in over 50 countries, Elena Ferrante is a global literary sensation. She was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World and HBO recently turned the first book in the quartet, My Brilliant Friend, into a subtitled miniseries hit with more seasons to come. A journey between New York City's cultural hub and Ferrante's native Italy, the film explores how an anonymous author's visceral tales of love and friendship gained such an enthusiastic following. Hillary Clinton, Roberto Saviano, Jonathan Franzen and others weigh-in on the Ferrante "craze" and what makes her work--and her mysterious persona--so uniquely captivating.

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Critic Reviews for Ferrante Fever

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

  • Mostly, the film inspires in the viewer an urge to read the books instead.

    May 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The overall impression is of a clueless film toadying up to an uninterested novelist.

    May 17, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Straight-up documentaries about literary subjects are so rarely released theatrically, it's hard not to cheer when one makes it into cinemas.

    May 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A biography may have been impossible, but in spotlighting a writer who leaves no emotion or thought unexamined, this documentary won't satisfy devotees hoping for a dive as deep as those their beloved author can produce.

    Mar 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Ferrante Fever delivers a fan-friendly examination of the novelist and her works, and what it lacks in depth it more than makes up for with enthusiasm.

    Mar 8, 2019 | Full Review…
  • There's almost no narrative structure, which is not the sort of thing you want to say about anything associated with the biggest name in modern fiction.

    Mar 8, 2019 | Full Review…

    Andrew Lapin

    NPR
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