Normal People, the not so normal series.
Normal People is a television series based on the novel of the same name by Irish author Sally Rooney. Normal people is the story of Marianne and Connell, two ordinary teenagers, with ordinary life, ordinary injuries, ordinary neuroses and to whom the same ordinary things happen to everyone else. We will follow their almost banal love story over several years of high school and college. It sounds boring said like that and yet this series is a real gem that delights our eyes as much as our brains.
If the realization is of a rare aestheticism, the scenario and the dialogues, them, did not forget to describe us with accuracy all the psychological faults locked up in their noggins well done, but especially, well filled. And yes, Normal People doesn't, after all, deal with such ordinary people and that's what gives the series all the depth. Because if the two characters seem normal in appearance, their tortured brains are much less so. They ask themselves a billion questions a second and if they often hesitate they end up, all the same, always, by expressing them in one way or another.
Anxiety attacks, fear of rejection, incomprehension in the face of the world, masochism, emotional dependence etc... it's very simple, they accumulate, between them, all the neuroses that exist, which makes, you will agree, a lot , for two small bodies so young. Marianne is as unhappy as Connell, and the two will spend the twelve episodes supporting each other, united by their past, their emotional bond and their great sensitivity, in order to find the answers to their existential questions. A true anthropological study, we follow, with interest, the difficult evolution of the two young people in their quest for happiness. All their behaviors are deciphered, either by the agility of the production, or by the characters themselves during their discussions or interactions. From ordinary scenes of life, we move on to real philosophical questions or psychological moments, in which we question ourselves.
The author deals with family violence, social pressure, class struggle, feminism, tolerance, resilience but above all love. For yourself and for others. And that is what drives us the most in life. The love scenes (which make up 80% of the series) are poignantly realistic. We perfectly feel the doubts, the hesitations and the fragilities of the two characters. If the intimate scenes (very numerous) are always aesthetic, they are sometimes no less difficult to watch because they reveal their deep-rooted fears. The female character, who holds so little esteem, will notably go very far in her practices. Anyway, I'm not spoiling you, go watch! The two actors, Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal, as beautiful and charismatic as they are talented, make us live this love story so normal and so extraordinary at the same time, as if we were there!