The first review of HBO’s four-hour mini-series based on Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge, (Random House, 2008) has arrived and it’s a rave.
The series premiered at the Venice Film Festival yesterday. The Hollywood Reporter calls it, “emotionally satisfying, funny-sad … directed with an impeccable balance of sensitivity and humor by Lisa Cholodenko [The Kids Are All Right].”
UPDATE: More reviews have appeared and it’s a hit with the critics – Variety calls it “finely crafted, wonderfully cast,” but fears it may lose audiences; IndieWire hails it as “the biggest positive surprise at Venice” and the U.K.’s Telegraph calls it simply, “brilliant.”
Three clips are now available via IndieWire. Below is Clip #3, featuring Bill Murray with Frances MacDermond as Olive, who optioned the book and produced the series with Tom Hanks, among others. Click here for Clip 1 and Clip 2.
The series will be shown on HBO beginning Sunday, Nov. 2.
Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout
Random House Trade Paperbacks, 10/28/14