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‘My Brilliant Friend’ Review: Ferrante Adaptation Packs an Emotional Wallop

Author: Alan Sepinwall
Newspaper: Rolling Stone
Date: Nov 15 2018
URL: https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/tv-reviews/my-brilliant-friend-review-hbo-elena-ferrante-756169/

“My Brilliant Friend has elements in common with the iconic HBO dramas like The Sopranos, Deadwood and The Wire: organized crime, profane historical drama, a geographically small but narratively sprawling community. But it uses those elements — potently, at that — as the foundation for the much smaller subject Ferrante and her TV collaborators care about more: an inextricable female friendship, and the way it can feel like blessing and curse at once. This is a great show with a huge heart. Just be prepared for it to break yours every now and then.”

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