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.
The events of the second chapter of My Brilliant Friend pick up exactly where the first season left off. Lila and Elena are sixteen, and both feel they are stuck in a rut. Lila has just got married, but in taking her husband’s surname, it is as if she has lost herself. During a holiday on Ischia, the two friends meet up with old childhood friend Nino Sarratore once again. The seemingly casual encounter changes the nature of their bond forever, sending them off into two completely different worlds.
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).
Stream from Saturday 10th March on TVNZ OnDemand.
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