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Netflix is taking us to Italy with an adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s ‘The Lying Life of Adults’ and the trailer has just dropped

The lying life of adults

To say we're desperate for a European holiday – particularly, a long-awaited re-visit to Italy – would be the understatement of the decade. Although we've already indulged in some deep-rooted manifestation for when we can finally get back in the sky (case in point, our guide to the best hotels in Puglia); the closest we have been able to get to any semblance of a holiday has been through our screens. Our beloved Stanley Tucci certainly filled a hole in our hearts with his series, Searching For Italy, and now, it seems like Netflix is also hoping to transport us with its latest offering original Italian series. Beginning, naturally, with an adaptation of beloved Italian author, Elena Ferrante's novel, The Lying Life of Adults.

It seems only fitting that Netflix begins its latest venture with a tale from the highly-regarded storyteller of Neapolitan Novels. For those unfamiliar with the author, Ferrante is possibly best known for My Brilliant Friend; her 2011 book which has already made it to the screen courtesy of HBO. And if you're a regular reader of RUSSH and find yourself wondering why Ferrante's name rings a bell; Maggie Gyllenhaal has also recently adapted another one of her books, The Lost Daughter, starring Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson and Paul Mescal.

Needless to say, she – and her remarkable stories – are a hot commodity of late.


What is The Lying Life of Adults about?

The Lying Life of Adults will be broken-down into a six-part drama; with filming for the upcoming series confirmed to begin in Naples this October. Giving us a taste of what to expect for those of us who have not read the book, Netflix's official synopsis describes the series as: "a powerful and singular portrayal of Giovanna's transition from childhood to adolescence in the 1990s."

Continuing; "A girl in search of her true reflection in a divided Naples: the Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and the Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity. Adrift, she vacillates between these two cities, falling into one then climbing back to the other."

The series will be directed by Edoardo De Angelis stars the captivating Giordana Marengo as Giovanna. The series also stars Valeria Golino as her Aunt Vittoria, with Alessandro Preziosi, Pina Turco, Azzurra Mennella, and Rossella Gamba.

For those who have been waiting, you can finally watch the trailer here:

But while we wait for the show to come out on January 23rd 2023; we'll be cooking up an Italian storm thanks to these six easy recipes from Tucci's Searching For Italy. Care to join us?

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