TWO SUMMERS / The thriller miniseries about the deceptions of memories

Two would be is a Belgian miniseries that appeared on June 3 Netflix and that it has achieved unexpected success. It is a job done with few resources, using as location two very beautiful villages, one of these in the center of a private island on the Côte d’Azur. To the costs of the set must be added those of 16 actors in total, who play the eight characters, respectively in the roles of both young and fifty years, and among which no expensive international star shines. However, the result was appreciated by the public, which means that the product has qualities and the authors – the screenwriter Paul Beaten Gronda and the director Tom Lenaerts, both Belgians – managed to play some sensitive keys for the audience of streaming platforms. .

Thirty years later, eight old friends get together to celebrate the 50th birthday of one of them, Peter, who married Romée, one of the girls in the group, and together they moved to California where they were successful. becoming, at least in appearance, – a very rich couple. They are the ones who organize the party, rent the island, pay for the trip to friends who have stayed in Belgium. To these others, as often happens, fate has reserved different lives for them. For example, Didier, a descendant of a wealthy family who thirty years earlier welcomed friends to his pool village, is now reduced to a flight manager. Luke, Peter’s brother, is not doing well, although he prefers to hide his financial difficulties. He shows up at the party with his young girlfriend, of an age that has nothing to do with the events that link the group to the past. A different story for Stef, who as a child was shy and awkward and has now become a successful politician and minister.

It soon became apparent that thirty years ago things had not gone well. Due to the abuse of alcohol and drugs, the young people had behaved badly, to the point of launching a group ruin against Sofia, one of the girls present at the party and now Didier’s wife. Sofia was unconscious and has no recollection of the violence. But a few days before he left for France, Peter received a video of a stranger’s rumble on his smartphone. The video existed because it was shot by the boys themselves, but it was thought to have been destroyed by the fire that had devoured Didier’s parents’ villa in a few minutes that night and caused the tragic death of one of them.

The weight of the blackmail and the consequences for each of them arising from the possible publication of the video transform the weekend into a suspense with growing tension, since it is not possible to understand who saved the video and especially who and why took it out after thirty years. This is where the story becomes interesting, both because obviously the protagonists each have a different memory of what happened that night, and because it soon becomes clear how weak the emotional bond built many years before when as adults we faced the difficulties that life has for us. .

The story does not differ much from the classic canons of similar stories that are already used extensively in plays and movies. However, several original aspects are collected. Undoubtedly, the rereading of collective violence against an unconscious girl appears today of unprecedented gravity, and it is worthwhile to try to justify the “little girl” by blaming the friend who died in the fire. In the same way that the dimension of success – or failure – always hides contradictory aspects, and the more our protagonists try to delve into the reasons that could have led one of them to blackmail the others, the more they will come out. light these contradictions.

Finally, the issue of how deceptive it is to use our memories to reconstruct the truth is startling. We often remember what we want, we eliminate what we don’t like or what bothers us, thus operating sensational falsifications, which however we are always willing to acknowledge as the only truth. In this regard, I am referring to a real psychiatry lesson on the subject by Dr. Iggy Frome, which you will find in the fifth episode of the fourth season of New Amsterdam broadcast these days on the Mediaset and Infinity channels and is called “false memories”.

For a world increasingly populated by the elderly, the issue is not trivial. The “battle of memories” is underway, and it is one of the most dangerous reasons for the unbridled historical revisionism that dominates our times. The antidote? Let historians write history, who have studied and learned research techniques, and who only rely on certain authentic evidence and documents. Just as magistrates do when the law is violated.

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