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My Brilliant Friend 

L'amica geniale (original title)
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A woman recounts the lifelong friendship and conflicts with a girl she met at primary school in Naples during the early 1950s.


Saverio Costanzo
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Series cast summary:
Alba Rohrwacher ...  Narrator 16 episodes, 2018-2020
Margherita Mazzucco ...  Elena Greco 14 episodes, 2018-2020
Gaia Girace ...  Lila Cerullo 14 episodes, 2018-2020
Annarita Vitolo Annarita Vitolo ...  Immacolata Greco 14 episodes, 2018-2020
Alessio Gallo ...  Michele Solara 13 episodes, 2018-2020
Valentina Acca ...  Nunzia Cerullo 13 episodes, 2018-2020
Giovanni Amura ...  Stefano Carracci 12 episodes, 2018-2020
Antonio Buonanno Antonio Buonanno ...  Fernando Cerullo 12 episodes, 2018-2020
Gennaro De Stefano Gennaro De Stefano ...  Rino Cerullo 12 episodes, 2018-2020
Francesco Serpico Francesco Serpico ...  Nino Sarratore 12 episodes, 2018-2020
Elvis Esposito ...  Marcello Solara 12 episodes, 2018-2020
Luca Gallone ...  Vittorio Greco 11 episodes, 2018-2020
Ulrike Migliaresi Ulrike Migliaresi ...  Ada Cappuccio 11 episodes, 2018-2020
Fabrizio Cottone Fabrizio Cottone ...  Alfonso Carracci 11 episodes, 2018-2020
Chiara Di Costanzo Chiara Di Costanzo ...  Neighbor 11 episodes, 2018-2020
Pina Di Gennaro Pina Di Gennaro ...  Melina Cappuccio 11 episodes, 2018-2020
Sarah Falanga Sarah Falanga ...  Maria Carracci 11 episodes, 2018-2020
Anna Cerchia Anna Cerchia ...  Neighbor 10 episodes, 2018-2020
Federica Sollazzo Federica Sollazzo ...  Pinuccia Carracci 10 episodes, 2018-2020
Eduardo Scarpetta Eduardo Scarpetta ...  Pasquale Peluso 10 episodes, 2018-2020
Rosaria Langellotto Rosaria Langellotto ...  Gigliola Spagnuolo 10 episodes, 2018-2020
Giuseppe Gavazzi Giuseppe Gavazzi ...  Player Bar Solara 10 episodes, 2018-2020
Francesca Pezzella Francesca Pezzella ...  Carmela Peluso 10 episodes, 2018-2020
Imma Villa Imma Villa ...  Imma Solara 9 episodes, 2018-2020
Giovanni Buselli Giovanni Buselli ...  Enzo Scanno 9 episodes, 2018-2020
Matteo Castaldo Matteo Castaldo ...  Peppe Greco 9 episodes, 2018-2020
Ciro Alario Ciro Alario ...  Player Bar Solara 9 episodes, 2018-2020
Consiglia Aprovidolo Consiglia Aprovidolo ...  Neighbor 9 episodes, 2018-2020
Fabiana Ciancio Fabiana Ciancio ...  Neighbor 9 episodes, 2018-2020
Cristina Fraticola Cristina Fraticola ...  Elisa Greco / ... 9 episodes, 2018-2020
Evelina De Felice Evelina De Felice ...  Neighbor 9 episodes, 2018-2020
Loredana Di Martino Loredana Di Martino ...  Neighbor 9 episodes, 2018-2020
Raffaele Nocerino Raffaele Nocerino ...  Gianni Greco / ... 9 episodes, 2018-2020
Dora Romano Dora Romano ...  Miss Oliviero / ... 8 episodes, 2018-2020
Francesco Coraggio Francesco Coraggio ...  4th Child Cerullo / ... 8 episodes, 2018-2020
Antonella Corsale Antonella Corsale ...  Neighbor 8 episodes, 2018-2020
Giuseppe Donnarumma Giuseppe Donnarumma ...  3rd Child Cerullo / ... 8 episodes, 2018-2020
Valentina Ceriello Valentina Ceriello ...  Neighbor 8 episodes, 2018-2020
Antonio Milo Antonio Milo ...  Silvio Solara 8 episodes, 2018-2020
Riccardo Palmieri Riccardo Palmieri ...  Gino 8 episodes, 2018-2020
Christian Giroso ...  Antonio Cappuccio 7 episodes, 2018-2020
Antonio Di Nota Antonio Di Nota ...  Player Bar Solara 7 episodes, 2018-2020
Lia Zinno Lia Zinno ...  Giuseppina Peluso 7 episodes, 2018-2020


When the most important friend in her life seems to disappear without trace, Elena Greco, an elderly woman living in a house crammed with books, switches on her PC and starts writing her own story, and that of Lila. She tells the tale of their friendship, which started at school in the 1950s. Set in a dangerous but fascinating Naples, it is just the start of a story spanning sixty years of life. A tale that attempts to unveil the mystery of Lila, Elena's brilliant friend. Her best friend, and her worst enemy.

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The series was filmed in a number of Italian municipalities, including: Acerra (Naples), Casapulla, Maddaloni and Santa Maria Capua Vetere (Campania), and Fondi (Lazio). See more »


Referenced in My True Brilliant Friend (2018) See more »

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A masterpiece!
21 December 2018 | by philipposathinaSee all my reviews

Such a tender and at the same time cruel story! Well, what would you expect when we are talking of one taking place in times of sheer poverty, as the case almost everywhere in Europe was after the W.W.2, in a place famous for its beauties and notorious for its "peculiarities": Naples, Italy! And not just Naples, but a poor suburb of the city, populated in general by hardworking and honest, yet backward -very conservative if you prefer- and sometimes very stubborn and cruel people. The storyline is developed in a most natural, unpretentious way and everything illustrated in it, characters, situations, setting etc looks as honest as the classical neorealistic italian films of the 50s. And just as the sentimental power of films like De Sica's "Il ladro di biciclette" springs from the pure honesty and truth of the bitter story they tell, so in "L'amica geniale" is its truth and honesty that make me often cry watching it, and not any cheap or less cheap dramatic scenes trying to evoke emmotion. In other words, its enormous emotional power is due to its honesty and truth, to waking up memories of a past common to a huge number of people just by honestly retelling and reminding it, in other words its tremendous emotional power is something you will find "between the lines" so to say, and not to any "melodrama" if you see what i mean. For me, a man being brought up not too far from the place where the story is being developed, not long after the period this story takes place and in a more quiet and peaceful yet in many other ways not too different enviroment, - and that is a neibourhood in Piraeus, Greece,- my identification with the characters of the story is inevitable, hence the shocks of emmotion it makes me feel . After all, the name of the main character is Greco! Helena Greco!

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18 November 2018 (USA) See more »

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