My Brilliant Friend: Season 2 (2020)

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Season 2
My Brilliant Friend

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Gorgeously shot and full of incredible performances, My Brilliant Friend's second season expands its small world with rich results.

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Critic Ratings: 11

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User Ratings: 66

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Episodes

1
Air date: Mar 16, 2020
2
Air date: Mar 23, 2020
3
Air date: Mar 30, 2020
4
Air date: Apr 6, 2020
5
Air date: Apr 13, 2020
6
Air date: Apr 20, 2020
7
Air date: Apr 27, 2020
8
Air date: May 4, 2020

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Tv Season Info

Season two will be based on "The Story of a New Name," her second book in the series.

Cast

Elisa Del Genio
as Elena (child)
Ludovica Nasti
as Lila (child)
Giovanni Amura
as Stefano

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Critic Reviews for My Brilliant Friend Season 2

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

The dramas that play out range from the brutal to the more purely psychological, and all of them are compelling, not least of all thanks to the lead actresses' stunning performances.

Mar 27, 2020 | Full Review…

Scenes with Lila and Elena together possess an almost Bergmanesque framing, with the two women competing for visual primacy in a manner that reflects their charged dynamic as women capable of outsmarting anyone in their community - including one another.

Mar 17, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…

My Brilliant Friend has returned for a second season more affecting, in an alarming way, than the first, though in every way just as impressive in its penetrating portraiture of Elena and Lila.

Mar 20, 2020 | Full Review…

An unusually thoughtful, perceptive series, taking the interiority of teenage girls and women seriously while immersing its audience in a specific culture that, nonetheless, feels all too painfully familiar.

Mar 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Again and again this season, characters' inner lives are beautifully conveyed without words... It's a testament to the show's feat of world-building, and the masterful efforts of its actors, that this wordless broadcasting of emotion completely clicks.

Mar 16, 2020 | Full Review…

With season two, subtitled The Story of a New Name, the series transitions fully from anthropology to fiction.

Mar 16, 2020 | Full Review…

...this is shaping up to be an essential series, easily one of the best screen adaptations of a great and enduring work of literature.

Mar 24, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The second season of HBO's Elena Ferrante adaptation sharpens what the first season often did well, by loading the frame with the claustrophobic intensity and attention to detail.

Mar 20, 2020 | Full Review…

The look of this show is rapturous: sun splashed, hazed with the dust and grit of working-class life, and full of color.

Mar 19, 2020 | Full Review…

What a worthy production this is, capturing in its frames the very rhythm of life and voices that seldom get heard, even though it is essential that they speak.

Mar 18, 2020 | Full Review…

Immersive, addictive even-particularly in its second season, which seems to understand better than the first that the show can be heavy and dark while still being hopeful, suspenseful, and, dare I say it, occasionally fun.

Mar 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for My Brilliant Friend: Season 2

  • 4d ago
    I've often wondered when watching subtitled television and movies whether I'm enjoying it more because it is subtitled. I've always thought that perhaps I enjoyed Spiral more than, say Line of Duty, out of pure snobbery; how was I to know how nuanced the delivery of lines were when I don't understand the language? So thanks to my Brilliant Friend for confirming that I can actually see through wooden acting and melodramatic screenwriting, I'm just surprised at how on my own I stand here. I enjoyed series one, enough to be excited for two, but I find the acting so intensely dreadful, particularly from Lenu that I can't bear it. The way she opens those hefty doors in her families apartment even drives me mad. Lila stands slightly apart from the rest, whenever she's on screen it feels like a better show than it is, the cinematography and score also play into this premium feel. However, whenever the drama ratchets up a notch (particularly thinking about an argument between the rest of cast in the shoe shop) it feels like an episode of EastEnders as opposed to Parasite. The show looks beautiful, it's themes are appealing but ultimately, for me, it's the very definition of style over substance.
  • May 20, 2020
    Can't wait for season 3.
  • May 18, 2020
    Okay, Season 2 is so much better than the 1st one. I can't wait until the third season comes out. I highly recommend the series. 😉 Amazing.
  • May 16, 2020
    Just like one of those rare few out there that you admit defeat to and give it a priority because it did that to me, and I am grateful. Wonderful cast with incredible storytelling all wrapped in just 16 episodes (including the 1st season), and all I have to say is, please let there be a 3rd season.
  • May 11, 2020
    Though we don't see much of their younger selves here, it's arguable much better at having the characters explore themselves seeing they are written as if they were real people in toxic environments.
  • May 07, 2020
    It does expand the world of its characters, but the second half of the season really didn't care about having a solid pacing and evolution of its characters. Also, some of the decisions made by some of them were highly dumb. But well, amazing cinematography and directing on the first episodes.
  • May 05, 2020
    My Brilliant Friend's second season expands on the original, offering a year that's more joyful, yet also more harrowing. As its characters enter young adulthood, My Brilliant Friend brings up topics involving marriage and education, and the beautiful filmmaking supplements this perfectly. Directors Saverio Costanzo and Alice Rohrwacher mimic some of the great Italian filmmakers here, from Rossellini to Antonioni, finding the majestic in the natural, while also staying committed towards portraying the series distinct period and location. This season is more intense than the first, and features several scenes that exhibit violence towards women, but thankfully it's all presented delicately, and even amidst third-wave feminism, My Brilliant Friend exhibits some of the most believable and dynamic female characters on television. Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels have become one of the most world-renowned works of literature in recent years, and its television adaptation is suggesting that the story is just as captivating in a different medium!
  • May 05, 2020
    It may be my favorite series I've ever seen on television. For me it's perfection from the adaptación (i read all 4 books) the acting, beautiful cinema photography, the masterful use of montage, the perfect and realistic sets and settings, even the background music all convey to me some of the most beautiful storytelling I've ever seen. I'm sad that season 2 is now over and I'm anxiously hoping that HBO will pick up the final 2 seasons to complete the quartet.
  • May 03, 2020
    So true to the book. Subtle, elegant, and raw in its truths! A must see.
  • Apr 29, 2020
    I am completely addicted! I love this series! Please don't change the main characters for season 3 ! Especially Lila ... she is totally beautiful and mesmerizing! It will ruin it if you do. Just make her look a little older.

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