Review of Derry Girls (2018)

Moving picture, 3.0 hours

Seen in 2020.

This review refers to the first two seasons.

A group of friends and relatives, as well as one English gobdaw, attend a Catholic high school in Ireland in the early 1990s.

Charming in its sitcom simplicity, yet thankfully mobile in its staging and serialization. Historical developments of the Troubles are injected to give each season finale some weight. I particularly like how both Gerry and James, the relatively ordinary and realistic dead-wood characters, are both almost universally reviled and disparaged by the banana-man characters around them. Only Orla seems to have any chance of a good life. Siobhan McSweeney does a very good job as Sister Michael: A banana man by virtue of the fact that she reacts honestly despite being a nun and the headmistress of the school.

References here: Asobi Asobase: Workshop of Fun (2018).

moving picture fiction series