“MY BRIL­LIANT FRIEND: THE COM­PLETE FIRST SEA­SON”

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The drama se­ries based on Elena Fer­rante’s novel is a unique HBO ven­ture for a num­ber of rea­sons, not the least of which is that it’s be­ing shown in Amer­ica in its orig­i­nal Ital­ian lan­guage. The saga ul­ti­mately spans 60 years in the re­la­tion­ship of two women in Naples – and the show may get the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore much of that pe­riod, since it has been re­newed for a se­cond sea­son. Though their con­nec­tion is des­tined to take darker turns, the ladies’ bur­geon­ing friend­ship as chil­dren fu­els the early episodes, with Elisa Del Ge­nio and Lu­dovica Nasti play­ing the cen­tral roles. The show is a co-pro­duc­tion with Italy’s RAI net­work. ★★★ (Not rated: AS, P)

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