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My Brilliant Friend: Miniseries (2018)




Critic Consensus: My Brilliant Friend is an expansive epic that gleans rapturous beauty from the most desolate of circumstances, but it is the intimacy between the central duo -- and the remarkable performances that bring them to life -- that audiences will remember most vividly.


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When the most important friend in her life seems to have disappeared without a trace, Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman immersed in a house full of books, turns on her computer and starts writing the story of their friendship. She met Raffaella Cerullo, whom she has always called Lila, in the first year of primary school in 1950. Set in a dangerous and fascinating Naples, their story goes on to cover more than 60 years of their lives as she tries to describe the mystery of Lila, Elena's brilliant friend and - in a way - her best friend, and her worst enemy.


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Ludovica Nasti and Elisa del Genio, who play Lila and Lenù as small girls, are amazing: as sly as they are artless, as knowing as they are guileless. Their smudgy, sad faces hold the attention as the histrionic plot does not

November 26, 2018 | Full Review…

When there are dozens of new shows every month clamouring for your time, My Brilliant Friend is that rare find that should rocket to the top of your watchlist.

November 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Saverio Costanzo's production looks and feels wonderfully authentic.

November 19, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

So many individual pieces are intriguing, and some even prove rewarding over hours of consideration. Still, even the most introspective series doesn't need to be such a slog.

November 16, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The announcement of a new TV adaptation... led many of Ferrante's fans to question how the miniseries could possibly capture the heart of the books. Miraculously, though, it does.

November 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Insightful and clear-eyed, "My Brilliant Friend" takes you there.

November 16, 2018 | Full Review…

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