Big Little Lies gets good reviews

The basic setting is reminiscent of “Desperate Housewives”: A handful of women with a lot of money and a lot of time pass their everyday lives by bringing up their children as perfectly as possible, throwing extremely exaggerated birthday parties and having coffees in town or in the beach café. The suspicion of comparison could hardly be more wrong: “Big Little Lies” is ostensibly a drama in which a murder will happen (season 1) or has happened (season 2) - and one that is more privileged by the ruin itself People told and about the vices that our souls have to drag along from our childhood. There is no trace of one of the black humor so often attested to in the series.

Stunned behind facades (Attention, spoilers for the 1st season "Big Little Lies" follow)

Six-year-old Ziggy and his mother Jane (Shailene Woodley) are new to Monterrey, a beautiful small town on the California coast. They want a fresh start - Ziggy was conceived by a rape that Jane never reported - and find themselves in a melting pot of rich snobs, helicopter parents and surfers. Mothers Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) and Celeste (Nicole Kidman) take on the new one, but have their own problems: Madeline's teenage daughter wants to move in with her father, while her new marriage to Ed (Adam Scott) seems to be a purposeful one. Celeste lives with her twins Max and Josh, like almost every character in “Big Little Lies”, outwardly a picture-book life - behind the facade, however, she is beaten, humiliated and, in a dependent way, by her husband Perry (Alexander Skarsgård) and wise consensual, forced to have sex. As much as almost every character in “Big Little Lies” is concerned with maintaining their perfect facades through parties, gossip, and self-optimization, so much do these facades begin to crumble.

Editor's recommendation

At the beginning of the first season "Big Little Lies" a murder takes place on a masked ball. The viewer learns nothing about the victim, perpetrator and motive and thus puzzles for seven episodes, who in the hell of these battered characters has whom on their conscience and why. Or was the fall from the stairs really just an accident, as the so-called Monterrey Five, the main suspects Madeline, Celeste, Jane, Renata (Laura Dern) and Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz), claim? In the gripping finale of season 1, who died and how it came about is resolved. SPOILER: Bonnie saw Perry about to hit Celeste again while Madeline, Jane and Renate tried to intervene, ran over and pushed him down the steps. But even more is revealed: At this moment Jane meets Perry for the first time, whom she previously only knew from Celeste's stories - and immediately recognizes him as her rapist. A twist that, in retrospect, feels so coherent and obvious that the viewer is amazed that he didn't see this twist coming.

Man, the battered being

Season 2, which ended on the weekend on HBO and in Germany on Sky, starts there: The Monterrey Five are suspected by the police of protecting themselves through false statements, but nothing can be proven to them. From now on, they act as a community of convenience and cover, whose individual fates are not necessarily easier: Ziggy is now officially the half-brother of Max and Josh, and word of her father's deeds gets around at school. Ed learns of an affair his wife had a year ago. Renata, who is particularly keen on money and prosperity ("I CANNOT NOT BE RICH!") Has to deal with a bankruptcy caused by her husband, Bonnie's mother visits her and suffers a stroke, which also teaches us more about Bonnie's motivation, Perry in the affect to have pushed. The core plot, however, is that Perry's mother Mary-Louise (terrific as always: Meryl Streep) travels from San Francisco to Monterrey to defend her son's legacy and uses perfidious means to withdraw custody of her grandchildren from Celeste.

Editor's recommendation

Season 2 of “Big Little Lies” is even more about love and its lack of it, about toxic relationships, about endings and about new beginnings. Her supposed weakness, the thinner storyline, is her greatest strength: Yes, the seven new episodes actually look like an epilogue to season 1, but their even deeper insights into the psyche of their protagonists ensure that the viewer is interested in them Bile goes. After scenes like the one when Bonnie tells her comatose mother for the first time in her life how much she hates her for the physical and psychological blows of her childhood, after the sayings Ziggy endured, or the disturbing fact that Max and Josh Celeste's witnessing of abuse by their father only forces one question: How much can and must a child's soul endure before it perishes completely?

"Big Little Lies" is based on the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty. The staging of the superficial coffee table autumn beauty of Monterrey by the directors Jean-Marc Vallée (season 1) and Andrea Arnold (season 2) in conjunction with the theme music by Michael Kiwanuka, the soundless scenes, the strong dialogues and the pessimistic basic feeling for an in An oppressive setting of destructive beauty in the international series landscape: “Big Little Lies” is so terribly aesthetic that you would want to snuggle into it like in a hoodie. If only he wouldn't constrict his throat like that!

A third season of "Big Little Lies" is unfortunately unlikely

After two seasons you feel as depressed and broken as the series protagonists are all. That's tough, but their only real minus point is another: The sentences full of wisdom and foresight that the seven-year-old children say are actually not even very enlightened adolescents or adults who still speak to one another. The kids in “Big Little Lies” are sometimes more mature than their parents, and even if that is exactly what is supposed to be the message here and there, their portrayal remains implausible. But only this one.

Editor's recommendation

After all, the season 2 finale has something cleansing about it. It's all about new beginnings and new beginnings and about clearing the table. It is not unlikely that this indicated great catharsis marks the end of the series, especially since inventor David E. Kelley almost ruled out a third season in February. But it would be a shame about this masterpiece, which has rightly won Emmys, Golden Globes and other prizes.

"Big Little Lies", Season 2, all seven episodes available on Sky in the stream