My Brilliant Friend

The best book in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet gets a worthy onscreen adaptation, tracing the loves, losses, and expectations of early adulthood in midcentury Naples through the eyes of bright Lenù (Margherita Mazzucco) and her scrappy best friend Lila (a haunting Gaia Girace). It’s a treat to watch Mazzucco and Girace grow into the precise emotional demands of these roles, and the Alice Rohrwacher-directed Ischia episodes mark standout performances for both.