Rent My Brilliant Friend: Series 2 (2020)

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7h 52min
Rent My Brilliant Friend: Series 2 (aka My Brilliant Friend: The Story of a New Name) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
Based on the internationally bestselling Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante, the critically acclaimed global smash hit returns for a second season. Lila (Gaia Girace) and Elena (Margherita Mazzucco), now 16, are on the cusp of womanhood. Lila is just married but worries that she has lost her identity in taking her husband's name; Elena is a model student but acknowledges that while she no longer belongs in the neighborhood she is yet to find her place in the outside world.
During a holiday in Ischia, the two girls reconnect with their childhood acquaintance Nino (Francesco Serpico), an encounter that will forever change the nature of their bond, propelling the girls onto two completely contrasting paths, threatening their close connection with jealousy and betrayal as they follow, lose and find each other again.
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Luigi Mariniello, Francesco Nardella, Laura Paolucci, Sara Polese, Mario Gianani, Domenico Procacci
Narrated By:
Alba Rohrwacher
Elena Ferrante, Saverio Costanzo, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci
My Brilliant Friend: The Story of a New Name
rlj entertainment
TV Dramas, TV Mysteries
Release Date:
Run Time:
472 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
  • There "Making Of" Featurettes
Disc 1:
This disc includes episodes 1 - 4
Disc 2:
This disc includes episodes 5 - 8
- Special Features

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Reviews (2) of My Brilliant Friend: Series 2

Unmissable - My Brilliant Friend: Series 2 review by MM

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Superbly acted and directed, with brilliant cinematography and haunting music. I will not reprise the storyline, which is available elsewhere.

The story, told through time, profoundly explores the human condition and the lives of several families and individuals, especially the experiences of the two women who are at the heart of the story. Very unusually, the Ferrante books lose nothing in translation to the screen (the author was involved in the film scripts), but remain just as compelling and powerful - perhaps even more so. Slow cinema at its best and for me, never a single dull moment - simply mesmerising.

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Gone off the boil - My Brilliant Friend: Series 2 review by SB

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The first series was excellent, the little girls who played Lila and Elena were engaging, the scenery and depiction of Naples was inspiring and seemed realistic (I have never been there) and the plot was gripping. I was looking forward to the second series to see how their story continued.

Alas the second series has really gone off the boil. Margherita Mazzucco who plays Elena brings a stilted woodeness to the part, her character seems fixed in a mixture of teenage sulky boredom with very little variation of facial expression. She hardly every smiles and gives no clue as why so many young men might find this attractive. Though there are plenty inner monologues for which one might just as well read the book. Gaia Girace as Lila is more animated and one feels more sympathy for her predicament. However none of the male characters evoke much sympathy or interest.

I will not be watching any further series.

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