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My Brilliant Friend 

L'amica geniale (original title)
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A woman recounts the lifelong friendship and conflicts with a girl she met at primary school in Naples during the early 1950s.

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Saverio Costanzo
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Margherita Mazzucco ...  Elena Greco (as teenager) / ... 14 episodes, 2018-2020
Gaia Girace ...  Lila Cerullo (as teenager) / ... 14 episodes, 2018-2020
Annarita Vitolo Annarita Vitolo ...  Immacolata Greco 14 episodes, 2018-2020
Valentina Acca ...  Nunzia Cerullo 13 episodes, 2018-2020
Francesco Serpico Francesco Serpico ...  Nino Sarratore as a teenager / ... 13 episodes, 2018-2020
Giovanni Amura Giovanni Amura ...  Stefano Carracci as a teenager / ... 12 episodes, 2018-2020
Gennaro De Stefano Gennaro De Stefano ...  Rino Cerullo as a teenager / ... 12 episodes, 2018-2020
Antonio Buonanno Antonio Buonanno ...  Fernando Cerullo 12 episodes, 2018-2020
Pina Di Gennaro Pina Di Gennaro ...  Melina Cappuccio 12 episodes, 2018-2020
Elvis Esposito ...  Marcello Solara / ... 12 episodes, 2018-2020
Alessio Gallo ...  Michele Solara as a teenager / ... 11 episodes, 2018-2020
Luca Gallone ...  Vittorio Greco 11 episodes, 2018-2020
Ulrike Migliaresi Ulrike Migliaresi ...  Ada Cappuccio (as teenager) / ... 11 episodes, 2018-2020
Fabrizio Cottone Fabrizio Cottone ...  Alfonso Carracci / ... 11 episodes, 2018-2020
Sarah Falanga Sarah Falanga ...  Maria Carracci / ... 11 episodes, 2018-2020
Federica Sollazzo Federica Sollazzo ...  Pinuccia Carracci as a teenager / ... 10 episodes, 2018-2020
Eduardo Scarpetta Eduardo Scarpetta ...  Pasquale Peluso as a teenager / ... 10 episodes, 2018-2020
Imma Villa Imma Villa ...  Imma Solara 10 episodes, 2018-2020
Rosaria Langellotto Rosaria Langellotto ...  Gigliola Spagnuolo / ... 10 episodes, 2018-2020
Francesca Pezzella Francesca Pezzella ...  Carmela Peluso / ... 10 episodes, 2018-2020
Giovanni Buselli Giovanni Buselli ...  Enzo Scanno (as teenager) / ... 9 episodes, 2018-2020
Chiara Di Costanzo Chiara Di Costanzo ...  Neighbour / ... 9 episodes, 2018-2020
Dora Romano Dora Romano ...  Teacher Oliviero / ... 8 episodes, 2018-2020
Alba Rohrwacher ...  Narrator 8 episodes, 2018
Matteo Castaldo Matteo Castaldo ...  Peppe Greco / ... 8 episodes, 2018-2020
Cristina Fraticola Cristina Fraticola ...  Elisa Greco / ... 8 episodes, 2018-2020
Raffaele Nocerino Raffaele Nocerino ...  Gianni Greco / ... 8 episodes, 2018-2020
Antonio Milo Antonio Milo ...  Silvio Solara / ... 8 episodes, 2018-2020
Christian Giroso ...  Antonio Cappuccio as a teenager / ... 7 episodes, 2018-2020
Francesco Coraggio Francesco Coraggio ...  4th Child Cerullo / ... 7 episodes, 2018-2020
Giuseppe Donnarumma Giuseppe Donnarumma ...  3rd Child Cerullo / ... 7 episodes, 2018-2020
Anna Cerchia Anna Cerchia ...  Neighbour / ... 7 episodes, 2018-2020
Riccardo Palmieri Riccardo Palmieri ...  Gino 7 episodes, 2018-2020
Giuseppe Gavazzi Giuseppe Gavazzi ...  Player Bar Solara / ... 7 episodes, 2018-2020
Miriam D'Angelo Miriam D'Angelo ...  Marisa Sarratore / ... 7 episodes, 2018-2020
Ciro Alario Ciro Alario ...  Player Bar Solara 6 episodes, 2018-2020
Consiglia Aprovidolo Consiglia Aprovidolo ...  Neighbor / ... 6 episodes, 2018-2020
Evelina De Felice Evelina De Felice ...  Neighbor / ... 6 episodes, 2018-2020
Fabiana Ciancio Fabiana Ciancio ...  Neighbor / ... 6 episodes, 2018-2020
Emanuele Valenti Emanuele Valenti ...  Donato Sarratore 6 episodes, 2018-2020
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Storyline

When the most important friend in her life seems to disappear without trace, Elena Greco, an elderly woman living in a house crammed with books, switches on her PC and starts writing her own story, and that of Lila. She tells the tale of their friendship, which started at school in the 1950s. Set in a dangerous but fascinating Naples, it is just the start of a story spanning sixty years of life. A tale that attempts to unveil the mystery of Lila, Elena's brilliant friend. Her best friend, and her worst enemy.

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Drama | Family | Romance

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Language:

Italian | Neapolitan

Release Date:

18 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'amica geniale See more »

Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy See more »

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

According to My True Brilliant Friend, companion documentary to the series, Margherita Mazzucco and Gaia Girace both dreamt about the sets/scenes every single night. See more »

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Sublime
29 November 2018 | by nadiaasencioofficialSee all my reviews

I don't even know what attracted me to this series as I hadn't heard anything about it or the books it's based on, but...WOW. Ten minutes in I was completely immersed in the Ferrante's world. The performances, the direction, the production are awe-inspiring; Max Richter's score soars.

Elena, a writer in her 60s, is inspired to write the story of her childhood and her dearest friend when that friend goes missing. She begins in her tale in post-WWII Naples, in the small impoverished town where she first met Lila Cerullo, who would become the most influential person in her life.

That's the overall plot, but it says nothing about the nuances and the seamless way Ferrante weaves together so many narratives into on perfect piece. I'm blown away; no easy task, as I am a brutal critic.

After the first episode I was going to stop and read the books first before returning to the series, but really, who am I kidding? I'm addicted.


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