'My Brilliant Friend' episode 3 preview: Teenage Greco and Cerullo grow apart from each other
In episode three of 'My Brilliant Friend' the scene shifts from the young girls and showcases teenage Greco and Cerullo
'My Brilliant Friend'/'L’amica geniale' is HBO's new Italian series based on one of Elena Ferrante's best-selling novels. The series showcases two girls who grow up in a working-class neighborhood in a small, rustic town situated away from the city, near Naples.
'My Brilliant Friend' revolves around two girls, Elena Greco and Raffaella Cerullo who share a complicated friendship. Cerullo, the most important person in Greco's life, suddenly disappears and is nowhere to be found. An older Greco starts to tell the story of her friendship with the brilliant Cerullo whom she used to call Lila. The story is narrated starting from their primary school in 1950. The story covers their lives from the age of 6 to 66.
During the first episode, we saw how the series showcased the gender dynamics that determined how these two young girls will eventually become better than men in their own world. From a very young age, they witnessed violence in their neighborhood and in their very own apartment buildings, but that does not stop them from facing their fears and confronting the dangerous criminal who controls their neighborhood.
We saw that their education was given importance, but, in the second episode, after the girls finished their fourth grade, that seemed to change as they had to fight with their respective families for a chance to continue their education. Though Greco's parents, in the end, agreed to allow her to study further, Cerullo's parents are stubborn with their decision. So, when she gets sick, she decides to write a book. And, the death of the criminal Don Achilles, leaves everyone in the neighborhood stunned.
Ending the second episode on a cliffhanger, HBO recently revealed a preview as to what we can expect from the third episode. The scene shifts from the young girls and showcases teenage Greco and Cerullo. Apart from the girls growing up, they seemed to have grown apart as well. They find it hard to stay connected to each other with Greco going to school and Cerullo working with her father. Now, boys also enter the scene and demand their attention.
The third episode is going to be one to look out for, compared to the first and second, and seems to take us more in-depth into the story the older Greco is narrating in the background. Apart from the disconnect with the girls, the preview also teases that Cerullo is still braver than ever and is set to stand against the Solara brothers that everyone is afraid of.
'My Brilliant Friend' airs on HBO. Check your local listings for more information.