Little Fires Everywhere, on Disney+Hotstar… A fascinating drama about two very different, yet two very similar mothers

Posted on July 27, 2020


One of my favourite sub-genres in the television/streaming space is “whatever has Reese Witherspoon in it”. She’s done the most amazing thing actresses who are no longer the It Thing can do: she’s become a producer and has begun making things that are far more interesting and satisfying than the things she made when she was… the It Thing. Little Fires Everywhere is the story of two mothers (Witherspoon as Elena, Kerry Washington as Mia) from two polar-opposite socio-economic backgrounds. As expected, the dice is loaded against Mia, who lives out her car, toting along her teenage daughter. But what’s unexpected is the sympathy we feel for Elena, who is as much a product of her “background” as Mia is, the kind of be-perfect-or-else background that can be as crippling as having no money can be. Both women make mistakes. Both women pay for these mistakes. We keep hoping both women will find some measure of peace.

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