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‘Sex education (season 4)’
Where they put it: Netflix
The heated comedy-drama comes to an end more (joyfully) complicated than ever: its fourth season is a pressure cooker of adventures of discovery, toxic positivity, political games, conflicts with retrograde churches or artistic revelations. It’s hard to say goodbye to Otis, Maeve, Eric and the rest of the series’ diverse troupe, especially for Laurie Nunn, creator of all of them. She confessed her emotions to us in this interview, from which here are a couple of ‘bonus tracks’.
If at some point in the future, someone wanted to know what issues were worrying humanity in 2023, this season of ‘Sex Education’ would be a good starting point. Did you put a lot of effort into covering as many issues as possible?
For each season I made a kind of outline of where I wanted to take the characters. Sometimes I freed myself from personal issues through stories. But, afterwards, I would go to the writers’ room, where we had the most diverse people, and together we would come up with plots and ideas for a week. We asked ourselves: what kind of story needs to be told now? What is interesting? What is the perspective we haven’t seen yet? What we wanted was to reflect real-world conversations on screen.
Last summer, many of us were surprised (and happy) to see half the cast of the series in ‘Barbie’. Do you feel proud about it?
Of course. Plus, ‘Barbie’ is so fantastic, so fun… I became a mother last year and this was the first movie I saw in the theater in a whole year. I was lucky: what a great way to return to the theaters!
Roald Dahl adaptations by Wes Anderson
Where you can watch them: Netflix (starting Wednesday, the 27th)
On Wednesday, the 27th, it premieres ‘The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar’first of the four shorts that Wes Anderson He has directed for Netflix based on stories by the great Roald Dahl. In his chronicle of the film’s presentation in Venice, Nando Salvá promised us that everything that many of us love about Anderson’s cinema is still present here (in a reduced format of 37 minutes): “the stories within stories within stories, the precise compositions and overflowing with details, the hieraticism that barely manages to hide a deep melancholy”.
We won’t have to wait too long to discover his vision of ‘The Swan’, ‘The Deratizer’ and ‘Poison’, which will arrive on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, respectively. Netflix acquired the Roald Dahl Story Company two years ago, so the flood of adaptations has only just begun. As it became known this week, in 2025 an animated film of ‘The Cretins’ will be released with Phil Johnston (‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’) as director.
A few last things
● This week the season finale of ‘Victory Time: The Lakers Dynasty’ was not broadcast, but rather the series finale, a bit of a surprise. And on top of that without victory, but with that famously tragic defeat against the Celtics in the 1984 Finals. The purest definition of anticlimax.
● If you only read one long interview with a legendary director this weekend, let it be (if you speak English) is with Tim Burton published by the British Film Institute. Include some encouraging notes about the creative process of ‘Bitelchús 2’ (“no digital effects”!, “the same dolls and techniques”!) or a painful confession about his never-made Superman movie: “When you work for so long in a project and it doesn’t get done, it affects you for the rest of your life.