One summer ago: between VHS and magnificent obsessions, the review of episode 2 of the series

If in the first episode of One summer ago (THE SPECIAL – EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW) a quote from Saint Paul was revealed taken from the letter to the Corinthians (“Love will never end”) engraved on a princely wedding ring, followed by a passage from the Gospel according to Luke (“It was about noon, when the sun was eclipsed and it became dark over the whole earth until three in the afternoon. 45 The veil of the temple was torn in the middle. 46 Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said: “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”. Having said this he expired.” , in episode 2 the sacred fades into the profane. Yet, Elio’s passion for Arianna has the irreverent candor of the first disturbances consumed in the sun of a summer that seems never to end but. But nothing is forever. A ferocious rule valid for the past, as well as for the present.

Like Orpheus and Eurydice

Of course, nostalgia is a rogue (Albano docet) and looking backwards makes what we have been, what we were, sweeter. However, memory transforms, changes memories. The illusions of the past materialize like ghosts. Investigations, on the other hand, are chains that anchor us to reality. The police live by absolutes, more than the Sith in Star Wars and the evidence seems to nail Elio to his magnificent obsession. Perhaps the protagonist should follow the advice of Costanza (an increasingly effective Claudia Pandolfi) and continue to look only forward. Except that for the character (played by Lino Guanciale and Flippo Scotti) it is impossible not to look back. Like Orpheus with Eurydice. At the risk of meeting the same end.

Ariadne, Theseus and the Minotaur

“Who can really see what we insist on hiding” These are the words of Carlo (Alessio Piazza) that introduce us to the atmosphere of the second episode of Un’estate fa (available on Sky Atlantic, on demand and streaming on Now). When the man pronounces them, he shows off an ecclesiastical collar, because the boy who in the nineties seemed like an ante-litteram nerd, when he grew up took vows and became a priest. Life can be truly original, as Zeno, the protagonist of Italo Svevo’s famous novel, would comment. No one would have ever imagined that the mop of hair, a little overweight (at least by today’s standards), would receive the call from Our Lord. Clumsy with girls, fearless only on paper, the character played as a young man by Tobia De Angelis is a sort of Shakespearean fool. The pleasant and witty counterpart to a story that would otherwise have been overwhelmed by dark colours. The mystery instead lies entirely in Arianna (Antonia Fotaras). And the whole series revolves around her passing. A sort of doppelganger of the Laura Palmer imagined by David Lynch. Likewise with the blonde protagonist of Twin Peaks Arianna also hides dark and perhaps painful secrets. Thanks to a videotape recovered by Elio, in this second episode we will discover one. But the way out of the labyrinth is still very far away. The identity of the killer remains a mystery. And above all, is Helios the hero Theseus or the malevolent Minotaur?

Desperate love

The musical tour of the second episode of A summer ago starts from Self Control, in the splendid version performed by Malika Ayane and Altarboy and ends with Desperate love by Nada, a piece on which the young protagonists unleash themselves in an epiphany of raised arms and continuous jumping. They all look like angels who fell from heaven, but Lucifer was an angel too. And Filippo, Arianna’s sculptural, beautiful and belligerent fiancé, is more like Othello, overwhelmed by that green-eyed monster called Gelose, than a white cherub. Of course, it is still premature to say too much about who the murderer could be. Unless you are of the same opinion as Inspector Zancan: Thanks to the contents of the cassette found in the car where Arianna’s lifeless body lay, the policeman seems increasingly convinced of Elio’s guilt. But returning to the Gospel: “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone”