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Woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown: review of the mini-series “Mrs. Fletcher”

The new HBO project is a frank and leisurely drama about a woman who starts life from scratch after her son leaves for college.
Mrs. Fletcher (2019)
Mrs. Flatcher
comedy
Directors: Gillian Robespierre, Nicole Holofsener, Lislis Tommy
Cast: Katherine Khan, Jen Richards, Owen Teague, Jackson White, Casey Wilson

Eve (Katherine Khan) is 40 and she is a divorced single mother who has a son named Brandon (Jackson White). He is a star of high school, an athlete, a favorite of girls and a selfish asshole who is used to the fact that the world revolves around him. After his departure to college, Eve begins to get bored with intense stress, plunges headlong into work in a nursing home, enters a writing circle and suddenly discovers the world of Internet porn. So begins her new life, dedicated only to herself and her sexual awakening.

Frame from the mini-series “Mrs. Fletcher”
The child’s departure to college is a significant milestone in the life of any parent, who in American cinema is usually equated with a bullet in the long history of growing up. For 15 years and three parts, the audience grew up with Andy from Toy Story or Mason from Adolescence – the film was one, but three hours, and it was shot for 12 years. The stories of both heroes end when they take the first step from their parental home and go to college. For some reason, storytellers, screenwriters and writers rarely comprehend the consequences of this act – well, a chick flew out of the nest, and then what? Tom Perrotta, the author of The Abandoned, who shot the eponymous great series, tried to answer this question by taking the child’s departure to college as the starting point of history. So there was his last novel, “Mrs. Fletcher,” which Perrotta himself adapted for HBO.

Frame from the mini-series “Mrs. Fletcher”
It seems that he did not guess with the format – in the mini-series there are seven half-hour episodes (in fact, even less – 26 minutes), which do not particularly correlate with the creators’ ambitions and the listless dynamics of the series. The number of episodes has already exceeded the middle, and “Mrs. Fletcher” is still accelerating and seems to be building the foundation for the next ten hours of history. Only the series does not have these ten hours – the real remaining time just barely exceeds 70 minutes. This is not a problem: the creators ’desire to give out a raw piece of life, devoid of artistic dynamics, is fully justified by the realism of history, but everything depends on the very ambitions of the series. In seven episodes, Mrs. Fletcher wants to tell not just one story, but two at once – about Eve’s attempt to start living for herself and about Brandon’s difficulties with assimilation in the learning environment.

Frame from the mini-series “Mrs. Fletcher”
Eve’s son, Brandon, seemed an interesting character in the first episode – then instead of the expected pay-boy the audience showed an egocentric who lifts up his former classmates and chooses a blowjob from his ex-girlfriend instead of helping his mother to collect things for college. Over a long distance (and this is as many as seven episodes, but you get tired of Brandon in the second), they try to reveal the character in a complex relationship with a father who lives with a new family, but it comes down to first impressions: Brandon is an idiot who thinks only of himself and shame with remarks like “Yes, global warming sucks, but we need to look for positive points. From him, after all, the waves for surfing are high. ” His story is needed to contrast with the story of Eve, but they give him half the time of the series, and this is already inadmissible luxury.

The series is saved by the story of Eve, the very Mrs. Fletcher, who is trying to come to terms with the departure of her son – she learns to live in an empty house, scribbles him without interruption, bakes cookies, and then switches to herself. Through the heroine, Perrotta is trying to explore the need to feel desirable, sexual awakening in women and the desire to return to the times when Eva herself was a nonchalant college student. True, he does it timidly and carefully, as if trampling the track as a pioneer, although they already calmly talk about it out loud, without taking his eyes off bashfully. It is not surprising that the most impudent that is in the series are excerpts of real porn that infuriated the conservative viewers of the United States, and the scene with the completely naked actress Catherine Khan. In the Russian series, such frankness would be a shock, but for HBO, which released Euphoria the same year, it just looks ridiculous.

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