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My Brilliant Friend 

L'amica geniale (original title)
TV-MA | | Drama | TV Series (2018– )
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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.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Valentina Acca ...  Nunzia Cerullo 8 episodes, 2018
Antonio Buonanno Antonio Buonanno ...  Fernando Cerullo 8 episodes, 2018
Gennaro Canonico Gennaro Canonico ...  Alfredo Peluso 8 episodes, 2018
Pina Di Gennaro Pina Di Gennaro ...  Melina Cappuccio 8 episodes, 2018
Sarah Falanga Sarah Falanga ...  Maria Carracci 8 episodes, 2018
Luca Gallone ...  Vittorio Greco 8 episodes, 2018
Antonio Milo Antonio Milo ...  Silvio Solara 8 episodes, 2018
Alba Rohrwacher ...  Narrator 8 episodes, 2018
Imma Villa Imma Villa ...  Imma Solara 8 episodes, 2018
Annarita Vitolo Annarita Vitolo ...  Immacolata Greco 8 episodes, 2018
Dora Romano Dora Romano ...  Teacher Oliviero 7 episodes, 2018
Margherita Mazzucco Margherita Mazzucco ...  Elena as teenager 6 episodes, 2018
Giovanni Amura Giovanni Amura ...  Stefano Carracci as a teenager 6 episodes, 2018
Giovanni Buselli Giovanni Buselli ...  Enzo Scanno as a teenager 6 episodes, 2018
Fabrizio Cottone Fabrizio Cottone ...  Alfonso Carracci as a teenager 6 episodes, 2018
Miriam D'Angelo Miriam D'Angelo ...  Marisa Sarratore as a teenager 6 episodes, 2018
Gennaro De Stefano Gennaro De Stefano ...  Rino Cerullo as a teenager 6 episodes, 2018
Elvis Esposito ...  Marcello Solara as a teenager 6 episodes, 2018
Alessio Gallo ...  Michele Solara as a teenager 6 episodes, 2018
Gaia Girace Gaia Girace ...  Lila as teenager 6 episodes, 2018
Christian Giroso Christian Giroso ...  Antonio Cappuccio as a teenager 6 episodes, 2018
Rosaria Langellotto Rosaria Langellotto ...  Gigliola Spagnuolo as a teenager 6 episodes, 2018
Ulrike Migliaresi Ulrike Migliaresi ...  Ada Cappuccio as a teenager 6 episodes, 2018
Francesca Pezzella Francesca Pezzella ...  Carmela Peluso as a teenager 6 episodes, 2018
Eduardo Scarpetta Eduardo Scarpetta ...  Pasquale Peluso as a teenager 6 episodes, 2018
Francesco Serpico Francesco Serpico ...  Nino Sarratore as a teenager 6 episodes, 2018
Federica Sollazzo Federica Sollazzo ...  Pinuccia Carracci as a teenager 6 episodes, 2018
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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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Italy | USA

Language:

Italian | Neapolitan

Release Date:

18 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'amica geniale See more »

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Italy

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16:9 HD
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According to My True Brilliant Friend, companion documentary to the series, Margherita Mazzucco and Gaia Girace both dreamt about the sets/scenes every single night. See more »

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Referenced in La mia amica geniale (2018) See more »

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Sublime
29 November 2018 | by nadiaasencioofficialSee all my reviews

I don't even know what attracted me to this series as I hadn't heard anything about it or the books it's based on, but...WOW. Ten minutes in I was completely immersed in the Ferrante's world. The performances, the direction, the production are awe-inspiring; Max Richter's score soars.

Elena, a writer in her 60s, is inspired to write the story of her childhood and her dearest friend when that friend goes missing. She begins in her tale in post-WWII Naples, in the small impoverished town where she first met Lila Cerullo, who would become the most influential person in her life.

That's the overall plot, but it says nothing about the nuances and the seamless way Ferrante weaves together so many narratives into on perfect piece. I'm blown away; no easy task, as I am a brutal critic.

After the first episode I was going to stop and read the books first before returning to the series, but really, who am I kidding? I'm addicted.


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