'My Brilliant Friend' Review: Pasquale's charming passion to reclaim a fair society makes him a fan favorite

Pasquale is the rustic intellectual that we all adore, and after those dance moves, fans simply cannot get enough of the passionate boy

                            'My Brilliant Friend' Review: Pasquale's charming passion to reclaim a fair society makes him a fan favorite

Fans cannot seem to get enough of Pasquale (played by Eduardo Scarpetta), who swept Lila off the dance floor, as they almost scandalized Gigliola's party in the fourth episode of HBO's adaptation of the first book of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels, 'My Brilliant Friend'. The story follows the plight of two young girls whose friendship is put to the test not just by the feud in the neighborhood between the rich and the poor, but also the brilliance of one friend which is perceived as a threat to the intellect of the other friend.

Starring Margherita Mazzucco (as Elena/Lenu) and Gaia Girace (as Raffaella/Lila), the Saverio Costanzo-created show is set in the backdrop of the dangerous but fascinating Naples, Italy, in the 1950s, which can be said to play a distinguished character by itself.

The fourth episode saw the tension intensify at Gigliola's party where Lila seemed to be the center of attraction as several suitors, including Pasquale and Marcello Solara, approached her for a dance. Belonging to completely different sides of the feud that has torn apart the little neighborhood in Naples, Pasquale and Marcello (played by Elvis Esposito) seemed to be fighting a dual when each asked Lila for a dance.

Lila, who has recently trained herself in Jive, was thrilled at the thought of getting the opportunity to dance — not because there were men lining up for her, but because for the first time she was not following anyone for a lead on the dance floor.

Lila was dancing for herself, not for the men. (Twitter)
Lila was dancing for herself, not for the men. (Twitter)

Marcello was immediately struck by envy when he noticed Pasquale swinging with Lila on the floor, and asked for them to quit the party as soon as possible. Humiliated by such a disposition, Pasquale begins to blame Lila for dancing with Marcello, but Lila immediately denies claiming that when she was dancing she was with no one but herself. Fans seem to have taken a liking for the rustic intellectual, and they are not holding back from claiming that he is a complete charmer. A Reddit user has claimed, "Can I just say Pasquale is one charming mofo?"


Pasquale's character probably stands out on the grounds that he is someone who comes from an extremely ordinary family, but has a mind that can only incline towards the extraordinary. His burning passion to overthrow the unfair wealthy and reclaim a fair society where the middle class holds the same position as the rich makes him a true communist, and that is exactly what attracts fans the most to him.

Unlike his peers, Pasquale will go the extra mile to pursue what he believes in, and he will not stand back from inspiring his fellow mates who he thinks should be equally agitated by the unfair distribution of wealth.


A fan on Twitter has, in fact, claimed, "I have come down with #FerranteFever (thanks to @woelfelz) and the *only* prescription is more sweaty Pasquale #MyBrilliantFriend." We can probably assume that Pasquale's popularity escalated in the fourth episode when he and Lila brought their swinging moves on the dance floor.

The two, equally bold with their moves, did not mind the critical gaze of others and instead went on to own the night with their steps. Unfortunately, not everyone could enjoy with them and eventually Pasquale was thrown out, which is about to have some severe consequences when the story shifts in the fifth episode, set to air on December 2.