My Brilliant Friend (2018– )
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On the island of Ischia, Elena runs into the Sarratore family, reigniting her childhood crush on Nino; Lila's resistance to Marcello's pressing courtship reaches a breaking point; an ... See full summary »


Saverio Costanzo



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Episode credited cast:
Margherita Mazzucco ... Elena as teenager
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Valentina Acca ... Nunzia Cerullo
Giovanni Amura Giovanni Amura ... Stefano Carracci as a teenager
Antonio Buonanno Antonio Buonanno ... Fernando Cerullo
Giovanni Buselli Giovanni Buselli ... Enzo Scanno as a teenager
Gennaro Canonico Gennaro Canonico ... Alfredo Peluso
Fabrizio Cottone Fabrizio Cottone ... Alfonso Carracci as a teenager
Miriam D'Angelo Miriam D'Angelo ... Marisa Sarratore as a teenager
Tim Daish ... Signore Inglese
Gennaro De Stefano Gennaro De Stefano ... Rino Cerullo as a teenager
Pina Di Gennaro Pina Di Gennaro ... Melina Cappuccio
Elvis Esposito ... Marcello Solara as a teenager
Sarah Falanga Sarah Falanga ... Maria Carracci
Alessio Gallo ... Michele Solara as a teenager
Luca Gallone ... Vittorio Greco


On the island of Ischia, Elena runs into the Sarratore family, reigniting her childhood crush on Nino; Lila's resistance to Marcello's pressing courtship reaches a breaking point; an unexpected encounter leaves Elena shaken on her 15th birthday. Written by Anonymous B

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Drama | Family | Romance





Italy | USA



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3 December 2018 (USA) See more »

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When Nino and Elena are talking her ice cream cone decreases in size from shot to shot without her eating it. See more »

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5 December 2018 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

My Brilliant Friend

Costanzo's harrowing adapted vision for Ferrante's novel has a purity in its breed that is soaked in hot lava of emotions that melts you down in its specificity. Without any whatsoever obligation, the honesty that peels human nature in here is frankly inedible and at time cringe worthy to encounter it on screen. The violence and the bold uncertainty that it is brimmed with, takes your breath away. The adapted screenplay is a force to be reckoned with.

The elaborative narration is layered and thought provoking that pushes the viewers every now and then. The three dimensional characters are well crafted and they are very grounded. The absence of control over your life does communicate with the viewers. And it is those characters that makes sure you stick by that feeling till the end of the ride. It enrages you and elevates the momentum of the sequence. Personally I prefer its horrors than the drama. I prefer it when the characters are scared and angry, the mob mentality that is overpowered in here by a smart mature being.

And even though the characters make mistake and aren't always ethically on mark, they are definitely more human than we usually see. The relationship between the two lead characters is eerily honest, it isn't your generous textbook material, it feeds on the environment that was fed to it, the language is pretty much transparent. The performance by the cast is hauntingly beautiful along with its brilliant execution, the novel is sincerely respected on each frame.


Probably the most detoured yet a moving chapter that has a breezy touch for the most part of it and the rest of it is dipped into a darker territory, above all what steals the show is once again the performance by each cast and brilliant unflinching execution.

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