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Perfect Life is Perfect Lie [“Big Little Lies” review]

20th of May, 2017

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Life of parents is not as easy as it sounds. Especially when it’s about the race of rats between them about who has smarter kid. And it’s even harder when, during this race, there is a murder involved. Who is killed? How did it happen? Is everybody lying over and over? And most importantly – who’s the killer?

New mini TV series made by HBO, written by David E. Kelley and directed by amazing Jean-Marc Vallée surprises the viewers from the very beginning. That’s not weird, because the book which inspired the production is written the same way. We get the history of three friends – Madeline, Celeste and Jane along with their problems and struggles of the daily life. In the same time, we listen to testimony of the witnesses of the murder (murder happened on the integration evening, by the way). The past is mixing with the present, but don’t worry, you’ll not get lost. In contrary, actually. You will not want to stop watching it.

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Madeline Mackenzie is the bravest one. She will not pause to tell someone the truth. She gossips too, but somehow the viewers love her. In the same time, Madeline is extremely loyal to her two friends. There is neither jelousy nor rivalry betweem them three. They don’t fight over kids or husbands. In my opinion, Madeline is the portrayal of a little crazy, but very good female friend. As the culture, especially film and TV production suffer from lack of the true portrayals of female friendships, Big Little Lies will show amazing feminine bond. Madeline has two kids – Chloe and Abigail from the first marriage. Woman struggles with the hate towards new wife of her ex husband Nathan and the rebellion from her daughter. Episode after episode the viewers see how complex her character is. I think this is definitely merit of amazing Reese Whiterspoon who played her role.

Celeste is the quietest one.  She’s very beautiful, calm woman with two twins and loving husband everybody envies her. The viewer finds out she finished law studies, but she abandoned the career to have children. Her husband, Perry, supports the family. Wrigths are very rich, but hold very dark secret deep in the shades of their luxurious life. Perry abuses Celeste and she is very recluctant about leaving him. As an excuse, she picks raising twins, Max and Josh. Celeste doesn’t share the secret with her friends, because she doesn’t want them to know about that. Nicole Kidman, who played Celeste, was incroyable in the role and very authentic.

Jane is the mysterious one. No one knows where did she come from. Single mother with a son, Ziggy, moves to Monterey to sign him up to the school where all the kids go along with Madeline’s and Celeste’s. Jane is very young and extremely mysterous. She’s different from other mothers, too. She doesn’t care about beautiful clothes or newest gadgets. Madeline and Celeste take her under care, try to introduce to everyone. Jane slowly opens up to them and soon, they find out about horrible thing that happend in her past. She was raped. Shailene Woodley, known from The Fault in Our Stars was the perfect choice for Jane’s character.

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Everything happens quickly after the meeting at school. Amabella, daugher of very succesful Renata Klein (amazing Laura Dern) accuses Ziggy of choking her. In fact, she does have marks on the neck. Nothing is the same after. It’s as if young boy had been marked and no one can play with him anymore. But the true fight is not amongst children, it’s amongst parents. Madeline, trying to protect Jane, manifestly opens up the fire. The fight affects children who don’t even remember about previous events. But hurting young Amabella keeps happening. Ziggy seems to know who is that, but he doesn’t want to say. When all three fight with Renata and her supporters, all of them has their own stuff to solve. Madeline tries to reconcile with Abigail’s moving out to her father, Celeste fights with her husband who abuses her and Jane helps Ziggy in the same time trying to help herself with the past.

The viewers know from the beginning that someone has been killed. Creators show them the path leading to murder. Events are escalating episode by episode. Every next one is more intense and brutal. Jean-Marc Vallée showed the whole palette of characters’ feelings by proximity scenes and scenes of details. The huge part plays the ocean too – at its example, we can see how human’s personality works: sometimes it’s calmed as smooth waves, but next it can be very dangerous, very brutal as abusive partner. The director was the jackpot. Beautiful scenes composed with wisely selected music (e.g. Elvis Presley, Michael Kiwanuka, Jeffersons Airplane etc.) created brave, sometimes sad portrayal of modern parents, but also murder, abusive relationships, lies. And gossips.

Jackie: Not that there’s a right little girl to strangle, but [Ziggy] picked the wrong little girl to strangle.

Harper: Jane just didn’t fit here, kind of like a dirty old Prius parked outside of Barney’s.

Dr. Chang: There was a 4×3 full thickness scalp laceration located on the superior occipital portion of the scalp. We also discovered a full thickness scalp contusion and associated subgaleal hemorrhages and a putrified and liquified brain.
Stu: So it was a lot of blood.

Madeline: To be accused of something so horrible on your very first day at a new school. Can you imagine anything worse?

On the Big Little Lies we can see that gossips are not only teenagers’ thing to do. It’s getting worse with age. TV series presents how lies work. Everybody tries to create perfect life, in the same time talking about other known people, very often in a negative way. After a time, they start to believe in their own lies. And it’s dangerous.

Except mentioned trio plus amazing Laura Dern, fans can also see Zoë Kravitz as Bonnie, Alexander Skarsgård as Perry , James Tupper as Nathan, Adam Scott as Ed etc. As we can see, the cast was very wisely selected. And well, they were completely right to choose such talented actors. They made characters even more complex.

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The most amazing and shocking scene of Big Little Lies when Jane looks into her past’s eyes and Madeline slowly realizes what is going on… 

The last episode of Big Little Lies left me with cover of You Can’t Always Get What You Want  and mouth agape. I had million questions and even mote thoughts in my head. Is it really how adulthood looks like? Like mother/fatherhood is? Is really everybody lying, trying to create a fake life? Who do I truly know in my life?

One is sure. Big Little Lies and the cast deserves every applause. I did not expect such a good show (I guess blame the title), but I was pleasantly surprised. It’s only eight episodes, hopefully it will be more, but it leaves you with shock. I highly recommend.

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Who is Delphine Cormier? Theories About The Character From “Orphan Black”

18th of April, 2016

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The last, 5th season of science-fiction futuristic tv show Orphan Black will air on 10th of June 2017 on BBC America. The picture about clone sisters and new science called Neolution is a huge success all over the world. Tatiana Maslany, an Emmy awarded actress who is behind all clones, is unbelievable talented. She created more than twenty completely different characters. The only thing that’s the same is their face.

The final battle will be played out between five main sisters: Sarah Manning, Cosima Niehaus, Alison Hendrix, Helena and evil one – Rachel Duncan. We will also have a chance to probably see Krystal Goderitch who was the one that actually saved Delphine Cormier – the second main character (after all clones) in Orphan Black.

Before I go to the theories, let’s go back to the last episode of season 4. MK is back to sestras, because she got sick too. She’s trying to help all of them again. Donnie got out from prison.ob410_2983 Along with Alison, they can’t stand living like they do so they decide to leave for holidays. Unfortunately it looks like they can’t – Evie Cho’s guy tries to kill them, but suddenly out of nowhere Helena saves the day (again). All three of them go to the shelter Ukrainian clone built. In the same time, Rachel exchanges the places with Cosima – she comes back to destroy Evie Cho and Cosima goes to the island to find the cure along with Susan. The cure is found, Rachel messes with sisters again and tries to continue Neolution science. Cosima is cut off by Susan. The medicine is taken away from her. Sarah decides to go and help Cosima. Rachel also comes back to the island,  stabbing Susan whilob410e Cosima and Charlotte escape from the mansion. There is the moment everybody was waiting for – they are found by The Messanger and brought to the camp where Delphine is (we find out it was detective Duko who shot her but Van Lier – Evie Cho’s helper – rescued her). That was the most beautiful moment in the tv series. Delphine has to help Cosima, whom is slipping away. French doctor cannot believe Cosima found the cure. In tob410_3243he same time she asks her lover not to tell anyone about it. Season 4 ends with Sarah escaping Rachel’s claws. But everything can go all worse and well… that’s how it is. Sarah calls Mrs. S. who cannot talk to her, because Ferdinand, who is with her and Kira, takes the phone away.

 First questions that appear in my head – if Rachel has all Neolution in her claws, does that mean she wants Kira in exchange for Sarah’s life? Or maybe she’s blackmailing them (Ferdinand will shoot Kira and Siobhan if Sarah Manning doesn’t come back to Rachel?) We will all find out very soon.

The real question is that is with me all the time – who is Delphine Cormier? TherOrphanBlack310_2826e is no doubt that she is the most mysterious character from the show. Who know me knows that she is my favourite character played by Evelyne Brochu. But wheter someone likes her or not, we cannot avoid the fact that all she had done since the first season, she did for Cosima and sisters. After her lover found out Delphine was her monitor, French didn’t do anything on purpose to hurt her. That’s the fact.

After Delphine dissapeared, Cosima was in a very bad condition – not only physical, but also emotional. When Krystal tells Felix she saw Delphine got shot, but then was rescued, Cosima couldn’t believe in it. Then they met on the island. What happens there?

When I look and analyze characters I can say that we don’t know anything about Delphine’s past. How did she get involved in Neolutiovan liern? Is she really from Lille? Who are her parents? Were they scientists too? Is that how she met Aldous Leekie? This is were my theories start. Delphine was shot by detective Duko and then saved by Van Lier. Let’s say again – Ian Van Lier was serving Evie Cho who hated clones. Then why did Ian save Delphine who was so involved in clones’ lives? Of course she was brilliant, but that made her a threat even more – she knew too much. Then why did Van Lier save her?

In season 4th finale where Krystal meets Delphine who is shot in the Dyad parcade, Van Lier appears and takes her somewhere. As we find out later – she is on the island. When Sarah Manning dressed up as Krystal tries to find out what really happened, she asks Ian why did he save Delphine? He then says he was told to. But not by Evie Cho, but someone more important. Who then? Did he mean Westmoreland? If so, why did inventor of Neolution saved Delphine who hates that futuristic science?

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The scene on the left gave me some tips. We see The Messanger (a man connected to Westmoreland) and Delphine who is operated. It looks like they know each other. I’m not sure about Delphine, but surely him. Does that mean he knew Westmoreland was going to save French doctor? But again – why? Why did Westmoreland along with The Messanger bother to save brilliant doctor who knew too much about everything?

More answers we get in the scene of them talking. The man tells Delphine he is not happy about that. He definitely means legendary P.T. Westmoreland.

Delphine: What am I supposed to do? What does he have to say about this?

The Messanger: He’s not happy about any of this.
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Delphine: Of course. Altruism poses a distinct challenge to the evolutionist.

The Messanger: His altruism saved you.

Delphine: That wasn’t what it was.

The Messanger: You won’t be allowed to stay with her.

Delphine. I know. But she’s my patient. So if you’ll please excuse us…

What did he mean by His altruism saved you? And the most important question – why? If Westmoreland is Neolutionist, this probably means he’s gonna support Rachel. Delphine hated that, so why did he save her? In my opinion Delphine is related to Wesmoreland. That’s why she’s talking so freely about him. That’s why he saved her. Maybe she didn’t really know her roots, but I think she may be connected to him. The same thing is with saving Cosima and Charlotte. They didn’t have to save them. Susan, then Rachel took the cure (thank God Cosima took it back before she escaped). Both, woman and a girl, were sick which means weak. And how exactly The Messanger y648know where they were? Maybe it was Delphine who asked Westmoreland to save them in order for her to keep helping him?

What if we don’t know that, but Delphine has more power in Orphan Black than we think she had? Maybe more than she thought she has? Another thing that speaks for my agruments is the book who is going to be released around August 2017. It’s gonna contain all secret files of Dr. Delphine Cormier. It will tell us more about clones but most importantly – more about the character, personality and past of Delphine. This along with the season finale might completely shock us. And, as far as I know amazing creators of Orphan Black (Graeme Manson and John Fawcett) – it’s gonna happen.

Another thing is the new trtumblr_onzyfon0mi1vo44vfo6_r1_400ailers of season finale. Creators gave us a lot and thank you for that! In the first one we see Delphine in the dress and Cosima in the tux suit. Are they going to meet Westmoreland? I think they might. Especially that in the next trailer Delphine says to Cosima: This place is the heart of Neolution. 

I know they are haters and lovers of Delphine Cormier. I am definitely team Cophine and I’m not ashamed of that. But sides of the coin cannot deny:  she is very important character and soon we will see if my theories are correct. Or maybe I am wrong? What do you think?

Season finale of Orphan Black starts June 10th on BBC America.