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We had left Nadia Vulvokov flanked by the cyclothymic Alan, dancing in the middle of an impromptu carnival group. Without understanding what had really plunged them into a double loop of time centered on their death, they had both ended up accepting the empty flaws of their respective existences. Thanks to one of the most beautiful split screens in decadesand with the desire to add their empathy rather than the despair that saturates their lives, they had miraculously pulled themselves out of the melancholy trap of this first season.

Five years have passed. The cynical New York programmer, drug addict and friendly teaser isn’t better, but at least she knows she’s not okay. Her skin more marked than a gravel field after a Russian bombing, carries her eternal spleen around her shoulder, always ready to chase Ruthie, her surrogate mother knee less reliable than a campaign promiseor to cut the end of the fat with Alan, who every day struggles a little more to accept himself without throwing himself out the window.

The drunk executioner

But now Nadia discovers a very strange phenomenon. All she has to do is fall asleep on a subway that passes very close to her home, in Astor Place, to be teleported 40 years before … To her mother’s body, then pregnant with ours heroin. She sees this as an opportunitylearn more about this woman, who will have traumatized her rather than raised her, before mysteriously wasting the family inheritance. A purpose she will be tempted to transform. But if it is not enough to be able to review the past to change it, diving in can quickly catch the air of drowning.

After an entropic structure that pushed the protagonists to an exciting glow, Russian Doll completely changes its melody by making a change in its concept. Catching your duet along a linear device, the series now attacks one of the most famous mechanics in the history of science fiction: the grandfather paradox. Is the series orchestrated by Amy Poehler and Natasha Lyonne up to this challenge?

Photo by Natasha Lyonne

Those who love him will catch the train


If it seems that lightning never falls twice in the same place, this statement seems to be put into perspective now, as the creative duo manages to re-imagine the codes of the genre. We will be careful not to reveal when and how our protagonist travels and what periods she tears down with the energy of despair, because again, the script has a malicious pleasure in shaking its own creative equation like a coconut tree. Indeed, the innumerable issues related to this theme are essentially swept away, while the plot establishes from its first two episodes the vain dimension of the Nadia epic.

Obviously, she won’t be able to alter her past, and for good reason, it’s not really a transformation of events that moves her. Inside, the almost forty-year-old hopes to heal her heart. Climbing up her personal style as a researcher, she sinks with each scan of the railroad into the scars of her family. What if dialogues allow you to make the changeas much as she seems to be a mistress of herself, a ruthless dispenser of cookie-cut judgments or acid-soaked floodgates, there is something immensely tragic about the spectacle of this upside-down passion.

Photo by Charlie Barnett

Alan is still just as bad. But with a mustache

A New Yorker of Hungarian descent, the youngest woman will for the first time question the mythology of her clan, the relationship of her people to history, but also to self-narration. To the point of sometimes asking questions that seem like insoluble moral dilemmas. Did this dreaded, fantasized and hated mother really ruin her childhood? or do they owe it to the personality disorders that have thrown their home into chaos in their time back and forth? As the narrative nodes of this new batch of episodes unfold, so many dizziness take over the viewer.

Even more so than in the first season, the angle explored by Russian girl it is that of a great gap between psychedelia and psychoanalysis. Each character faces his unthinking, his gray areas, the inherited suffering. A program that could be pompous, and damn defective, tannedt often chooses to move away from any notion of logic or rules of the game cfatigue linked to time travel. But the story that unfolds before our eyes brings us back up, preferring to rely on its emotional anchorage for staging and acting.

Photo by Charlie Barnett, Natasha Lyonne

The two make a couple (no)


With an astonishing ease at times, Lyonne plays with the sensitive slits of the one she embodies, she is pleased to make the boundary between the character and the autofiction story less and less noticeable. References to his own existence are multiplying, while the feeling of seeing the artist endangered gradually occupies an essential place. Able to juggle between harsh projections, sentimental acid reflux and contagious depressionshe composes as an impressionist painter the portrait of a living, detached woman who, like an onion, always discovers sublime wounds behind her fashionable and blasé urban tinsel.

Photo by Chloë Sevigny

Mater painful

This exercise is all the more impressive as the actress is now in charge of the project, of which she directs three of the most impressive chapters. Therefore, we owe it to him the ability of the season to raise remarkably complex issues in a handful of scenes, but also the psychiatric rash that will connect mother and daughter during an episode as nightmare as it is cut with surgical precision. Finally, with the staging of the last episode of the batch that interests us, Lyonne once again demonstrates her talent for this poetic verve that is sometimes called “magical realism.”

Translating the mental autopsy of two broken heroes into a series of scenarios with Escherian perspectives, pulverizing the narrative balance, all without forgetting to inject a good dose of funeral poetry, this is the incredible crest of this dress. The line even more moving Lyonne did not make it her mission to cover us with ointments, or dry our tears by activating our zygomatic. Always back to the bone, as close as possible to its characters even in their mind-boggling journeys, the camera achieves a balance all the more kamikaze that never diverts our gaze to the cruelty of what is shown to us. . .

Natasha Lyonne, Sharlto Copley

Sharlto’s girlfriend

And if the character of Ruthie, symbolic and touching so far, catches us so intensely in the bowels, it is because he alone embodies all the injustices incurred by those who love, knowing that they can not afford to expect gratitude. However. It would have been easy, if not obvious, to turn this key protagonist an emotional resolution problem, against which those who face their mistakes find one last chance to repair them. It will not be, and the narrative, familiar, and ultimately Schrodinguerian sacrifice she consents, slowly haunts the viewer’s mind.

Never better than the viewer who casts her own limits on her, Nadia will prove to be as cruel to herself as the stage to her person. The plot that interests us takes us badly, but with infinite tenderness. And so, when it comes time to leave this bad company, whose the members disperse along an endless journey of the subway trainwe lose sight of them with the feeling of a perfect revolution achieved, an infinite fall at the end of which everyone will have fallen to their feet, not without breaking all the bones in the process.

Season 2 of Russian Doll is available in its entirety from April 20, 2022 on Netflix in France

Russian doll: official poster

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