Elena’s return to the quartiere finds her sorting out her own romantic confusion against the chaotic backdrop of Lila’s engagement.
It isn’t merely that teenage Elena has acne, but how exquisitely all those pimples function as a (forsaken) facet of her character.
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A viciously effective episode gives Elena what she’s always wanted, and then rips it all away.
A slow and slightly clunky hour fixates on the Cerullo siblings’ relationship to jealousy and fury.
The disproportionate dynamics between women and men color everything as Lila and Elena slide toward womanhood and all it entails.
As Elena and Lila lurch toward womanhood, the closed-off intimacy of their relationship has been stretched loose.
Lila and Elena’s trajectories begin to diverge in an episode that fixates on what connects the two girls, and what sets them apart from each other.
The Elena Ferrante HBO adaptation kicks off with a tightly packed episode establishing the contours of Lila and Elena’s loud, crowded lives.
Bonds made and broken in great novels by Zadie Smith, Claire Messud, Toni Morrison, and others.
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Those Who Knew involves a charismatic senator in an island nation with familiar skeletons in his closet.
Books have been portrait props for centuries, but this is getting ridiculous.
Unsheltered isn’t getting much love for plumbing white middle-class insecurity in our time.
The series reaches an emotional, kind of troubling, finale.
Annie and Owen come to a realization as Gertie continues to process her trauma.
Owen and Annie’s adventures in a mob story and a fantasy land, respectively, take odd turns.
In a stormy season of Trump exposés, Lewis’s explainer of government (dys)function earns the highest praise.
The great, the good, the not so good, and those we’ll just pretend never happened.
Annie (or “Annia”) finds herself in a fantasy world that’s not quite what Tolkien readers might expect.