Written by: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci and Saverio Costanzo
Directed by: Saverio Costanzo
The abrupt disappearance of her old friend, Lila Cerullo, causes 60-year-old author Elena Greco to reflect on the early days of their friendship in 1950s
Determined to empower her young female students, Lila and Elena's teacher selects them to represent the class in a competition against two older boys. One of the boys is the son of Don Achille, a dangerous criminal figure who controls the neighborhood. Fearful of retribution, Lila hesitates to embarrass the boy, only answering questions when prompted by her teacher.
The town lives in fear of Don Achille who controls its citizens through violence and fear. In church, Lila and Elena watch as the father of their friend Carmela
Elena's neighbor, Cappuccio, is found dead and his widow, Melina, is comforted by Donato
Don Achille's older son beats up Lila for humiliating his brother, and Elena, who goes to Lila's aid, is also attacked. Now unified and equally curious about the other, the two girls become friends. A game with their