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My Brilliant Friend

Naples in the 1950s. A friendship destined to last a lifetime is born.

My Brilliant Friend followed Elena (Lenù) and Lila as they navigated childhood and the complications of adolescence, local politics and customs, and the oppression and violence inherent to everyday life for women born into poverty in post-war Italy.

Season two explores the second novel of the trilogy, The Story of a New Name, which picks up in the aftermath of Lila's wedding to Stefano. Lila attempts to settle into married life, Lenù continues her pursuit of an education and career outside the confines of the neighbourhood.

My Brilliant Friend was the first ever non-English series to premiere on HBO in America.

Starring: Margherita Mazzucco (teenage Elena); Gaia Girace (teenage Lila); Elisa Del Genio (child Elena); and Ludovica Nasti (child Lila).

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