Baby turns out to be a banal story, forced and full of cliches. Enjoyable at times thanks to the skill of the actors, full of good intentions also in trying to give space to emotion through screenplay and editing, such as close-ups (numerous) and scenes filled only by the soundtrack. The result, however, is a constant chaos, something you look at “just to spend some time”.
Baby, the new Italian TV series by Netflix, is available on the platform from 30 November.
The series, directed by Andrea De Sica and written by the collective GRAMS together with Isabella Aguilar and Giacomo Duzzi, is inspired by the Italian chronicle and by the Parioli baby-ringing scandal.
So different and so similar
Chiara is the classic perfect daughter, soap and water, model student with equally “perfect” friends.
Ludovica is his exact opposite, reckless, heedless of the rules, he combines trouble and despised by students and teachers.
Theirs is a friendship born from a strange series of circumstances and that will lead them to make decisions that will change their life.
Damiano, on the other hand, is presented as the classic suburban boy, implanted in a world that is not his own and that does not accept it, and that sells drugs ( doesn’t it remind you of something? ). Outcast from the high society in which he is forced to live, he hides a sweet and gentle character and a deep pain.
Something already seen?
To talk about Baby we must start from the assumption that the series does not want to report a serious case of prostitution ( Baby and Netflix accused of promoting child prostitution ) but, rather, to tell what comes first.
A sort of training novel presented as a modern Teen Drama.
What is out of place, especially at the beginning, is precisely the adaptation of film Italian school life to the foreign one: the fictitious ” liceo Carlo Collodi ” resembles something seen recently in the Elite.
Uniforms, students who roam the school at all hours, training before and after school, certainly something that has not been experienced by an Italian audience.
A cage to escape from
Baby transforms the Parioli district into a golden cage, a perfect world: rich parents and a luxurious life, a bubble of perfection and fiction from which children feel a desperate need to get out, at any cost.
Something not very different from many Teen Dramas that we have learned to accept and love (like The OC or Gossip Girl ).
Not hidden talents
The talent of the actors is there and it shows.
Benedetta Porcaroli is convincing in her interpretation of the girl soap and water, also appearing very natural during the many often banal dialogues.
The same goes for Alice Pagani who is excellent at recreating the problematic and rebellious girl.
In addition to that of the three main guys, the series focuses on several storylines. Both those of teenagers but also of their parents.
Fabio ( Brando Pacitto ) gets the best story, managing to make us feel his inner discomfort caused by the secret he hides but of which, sometimes, he is perhaps not so convinced either.
A continuous unhappiness
In Baby everyone battles against a gripping unhappiness.
Chiara suffocated by a bad relationship with her parents, who are also involved in a storyline in themselves, never really thorough.
Ludovica forced by a selfish and spoiled mother and a father not present, “forced” to solve all her troubles by herself, even those in which the same mother puts her.
Even Monica ( Claudia Pandolfi ) is oppressed by her husband, and a life that does not make it free and happy.
The causes of what happened is to be found in all these different stories, the surface of which is only touched in the series.