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Le Bambole 

Le bambole (original title)
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The disappearance of her old friend, Lila Cerrullo, causes 60-year-old author Elena Greco to reflect on the early days of their friendship in 1950s Naples, when Elena and Lila are two very ... See full summary »


Saverio Costanzo



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Episode credited cast:
Valentina Acca ... Nunzia Cerullo
Francesca Bellamoli Francesca Bellamoli ... Carmela Peluso as a girl
Mattia Bisonni Mattia Bisonni ... Canottiere 2
Antonio Buonanno Antonio Buonanno ... Fernando Cerullo
Gennaro Canonico Gennaro Canonico ... Alfredo Peluso
Francesco Catena Francesco Catena ... Pasquale Peluso as a boy
Domenico Cuomo Domenico Cuomo ... Antonio Cappuccio as a boy
Alice D'Antonio Alice D'Antonio ... Gigliola Spagnuolo as a girl
Elisabetta De Palo Elisabetta De Palo ... adult Elena
Elisa del Genio Elisa del Genio ... Elena bambina
Pina Di Gennaro Pina Di Gennaro ... Melina Cappuccio
Kristijan Di Giacomo Kristijan Di Giacomo ... Stefano Carracci as a boy
Sarah Falanga Sarah Falanga ... Maria Carracci
Luca Gallone ... Vittorio Greco
Cristina Magnotti Cristina Magnotti ... Marisa Sarratore as a girl


The disappearance of her old friend, Lila Cerrullo, causes 60-year-old author Elena Greco to reflect on the early days of their friendship in 1950s Naples, when Elena and Lila are two very different girls at the top of their class. When the girls discover the underground lair of Don Achille, a criminal figure who controls the neighborhood, they decide to confront him, facing their fears together and laying the cornerstone of a lasting friendship and rivalry. Written by Anonymus

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Drama | Family | Romance




Italy | USA



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18 November 2018 (USA) See more »

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Fandango, Umedia See more »
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The Latin prayer at the wake is the Hail Mary. See more »


When Donato Sarratore arrives to pay condolences at the Cappuccio bedside, he crosses himself with his left hand (Catholics always use the right hand). At the conclusion of the sign of the cross, he kisses his hand, initially the left, then the right on close up. See more »

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she didn't whisper a word..
22 November 2018 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

My Brilliant Friend

Costanzo's harrowing adapted vision for Ferrante's novel has a purity in its breed that is soaked in hot lava of emotions that melts you down in its specificity. Without any whatsoever obligation, the honesty that peels human nature in here is frankly inedible and at time cringe worthy to encounter it on screen. The violence and the bold uncertainty that it is brimmed with, takes your breath away. The adapted screenplay is a force to be reckoned with.

The elaborative narration is layered and thought provoking that pushes the viewers every now and then. The three dimensional characters are well crafted and they are very grounded. The absence of control over your life does communicate with the viewers. And it is those characters that makes sure you stick by that feeling till the end of the ride. It enrages you and elevates the momentum of the sequence. Personally I prefer its horrors than the drama. I prefer it when the characters are scared and angry, the mob mentality that is overpowered in here by a smart mature being.

And even though the characters make mistake and aren't always ethically on mark, they are definitely more human than we usually see. The relationship between the two lead characters is eerily honest, it isn't your generous textbook material, it feeds on the environment that was fed to it, the language is pretty much transparent. The performance by the cast is hauntingly beautiful along with its brilliant execution, the novel is sincerely respected on each frame.

Le Bambole

Not only the equations are depicted thoroughly in this first act but so is the mapping of the characters' current state with nail-biting sequences of quiz, characteristics of the characters and rifts between families that is pinned down by a chilling climax.

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