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My Brilliant Friend Season 2 Episode 1 – Growing up doesn’t mean letting go.
My Brilliant Friend Season 2, based on the second of Elena Ferrante’s bestselling Neapolitan novels, premieres March 16 at 10 pm.
When the most important friend in her life seems to have disappeared without a trace, Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman immersed in a house full of books, turns on her computer and starts writing the story of their friendship. Based on the bestselling series by Elena Ferrante.
Episode title: “The New Name”
Release date: March 16, 2020 at 10pm
Cast: Elisa Del Genio, Ludovica Nasti, Anna Rita Vitolo, Luca Gallone, Imma Villa, Antonio Milo, Alessio Gallo, Valentina Acca, Antonio Buonanno, Dora Romano, Gaia Girace, Margherita Mazzucco, Giovanni Amura, Gennaro De Stefano, Francesco Serpico, Federica Sollazzo, Clotilde Sabatino, Ulrike Migliaresi, Christian Giroso, Eduardo Scarpetta, Giovanni Buselli
My Brilliant Friend is an Italian and Neapolitan language drama television series created by Saverio Costanzo for HBO, RAI and TIMvision. Named after the first of four novels in the Neapolitan Novels series by Elena Ferrante, it is set to adapt the entire literary work over four seasons of eight episodes. The series is a co-production between Italian production companies Wildside, Fandango, The Apartment, Mowe and international film group Umedia.
The first season premiered on HBO on November 18, 2018 and on Rai 1 and TIMvision on November 27, 2018. A second season, based on Ferrante’s second Neapolitan Novel and titled My Brilliant Friend: The Story of a New Name (Italian: L’amica geniale: Storia del nuovo cognome), was confirmed in December 2018, and premiered on Rai 1 on February 10, 2020, and will premiere on HBO on March 16, 2020. The first two episodes of the second season were released in Italian cinemas from January 27–29, 2020.
The series has received critical acclaim. On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has a 93% “certified fresh” rating with an average score of 8.41 out of 10 based on 54 reviews. The site’s critical consensus is, “My Brilliant Friend is an expansive epic that gleans rapturous beauty from the most desolate of circumstances, but it is the intimacy between the central duo – and the remarkable performances that bring them to life – that audiences will remember most vividly”. On Metacritic, it has a score of 87 out of 100 based on 20 reviews, indicating “universal acclaim”.
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