My Brilliant Friend

Aired: Apr 20, 2020 , Monday at 22:00 on HBO

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Episode Summary: The relationship between Elena and Lila becomes considerably colder. Elena plunges headfirst into studying for her finals, whilst Lila is having to tackle problems of an entirely different nature.
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'My Brilliant Friend' Review: 'The Betrayal' Is This Season's Darkest Hour Yet

Nearly every moment of “The Betrayal,” from the unstable Dutch angles of the cinematography to Max Richter’s chilling score, is building up to the episode’s final third like a horror movie. “My Brilliant Friend” has been operating on this track all season, with morbid flourishes in the visuals and sound design mounting toward an awful inevitability. Directed by Alice Rohrwacher, this episode is the season’s darkest and strongest hour yet. This week, that came on the shoulders of a cast-aside Lenu (Margherita Maz... more

'My Brilliant Friend' Review: Episode 2 Queries a Woman's Place in the Social Order

Get married. Have a baby. Raise the children. Please the husband. Die. This is the cycle of life as laid out to the women in the world of the 1950s as depicted by “My Brilliant Friend,” and the dreary cadence against which the newly married Lila (Gaia Girace) is now rebelling. In this season, that rebellion culminates in the cunning Lila’s most visceral act of vengeance yet: the violent defamation of her wedding portrait. Jumping back a bit, Lila has made it clear to Lenu (Margh... more

HBO's 'My Brilliant Friend: The Story of a New Name': TV Review

Three episodes into “My Brilliant Friend: The Story of a New Name” comes a scene as lovely and understated as it is pointed and bruising, a combination in which the show specializes, especially in this second season. Elena (Margherita Mazzucco), nervous about going to a party at her intimidating professor’s house, rifles through the lavish closet of her best friend, Lila (Gaia Girace). As she searches for a suitable outfit, she flicks past all of Lila’s louder dresses as Lila look... more

 
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