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BBC Two, Lynn + Lucy, 10:55 p.m.
This gritty drama, set in the poor parts of Essex, is the debut of Anglo-Moroccan director Fyzal Boulifa and focuses on the relationship between the two titular women who, since school days, have been friends and now live across the street from each other on the outskirts of Harlow.
Lynn (Roxanne Scrimshaw) married Paul (Shaq B Grant), her high school sweetheart, and had a daughter, Lola (Tia Nelson), now 10. Lynn has always been a housewife and a mother, a fact she sees with a combination of pride and remorse. But she has to get a job after Paul was discharged from the Army after an accident, so she sweeps the floor at Janelle’s hair salon (Jennifer Lee Moon), a despised former classmate. Up until now, Lucy (Nichola Burley) was still a party girl, crashed through a series of relationships and never settled down. The movie opens with Lynn and Paul attending the christening of Harrison, Lucy’s son and Clark’s boyfriend (Samson Cox-Vinell). It’s a new chapter for Lynn in their relationship, but Lucy still has her motherhood doubts. If I can love him, I don’t know,”I don’t know if I can love him,”
Her terms, when events take a dramatic turn, take on an even darker sense. Harrison dies after an argument between Lucy and Clark after a night of drinking with Lynn. On Lucy’s doorstep, there are candles and games, and Lynn types “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome” into a search engine. But the group turns on Lucy, who is now sleeping on Lynn’s couch, when Clark is arrested. The relationship between the two women is rigorously checked as the gossip mill simmers, messages are written, new information surface and posts on social media fuel the rumor mill.
Leeds native Nichola Burley, who appeared in the acclaimed version of Wuthering Heights by Andrea Arnold, takes Lucy’s part to the right balance of stubbornness and vulnerability, but the excellent performance comes from newcomer Roxanne Scrimshaw, who worked at Dagenham’s Lidl when Boulifa cast her as Lynn.
Channel 4, Call Me By Your Name, 12 p.m.
The sensual, rhapsodic and delightfully understated romance based on Andre Acriman’s novel by Italian director Luca Guadagnino is a film that will restore your faith in the ability of cinema to perfectly represent the vagaries of the human condition. While his scholarly father (Michael Stuhlbarg) studies Greco-Roman history, Elio Perlman (the wonderful Timothee Chalamet) spends the summer in an Italian villa. Elio reluctantly gives up his bright and airy bedroom to the guest when Mr. Perlman’s handsome American intern, Oliver (Armie Hammer), arrives. At first, Elio is annoyed by the presence of Oliver, and with voyeuristic, calm detachment, he observes the newcomer’s effect on local women. Gradually, a roaring inferno of sexual lust ignites the flickering embers of attraction between Elio and Oliver. Nice stuff, and if you want more of it, check out Guadagnino’s first foray into the world of small drama, We Are Who We Are, an eight-part HBO series that airs on BBC Three starting Nov. 22.
ITV 4, The Bourne Supremacy, 9 p.m.
Matt Damon’s resourceful CIA agent finds himself in a deadly new cat-and-mouse game two years after losing his memory in The Bourne Identity, when he is framed for the assassination of two U.S. agents during a botched stakeout overseen by Agent Pamela Landy (Joan Allen). The twitchy, hand-held direction of Paul Greengrass gives “The Bourne Supremacy” an edgy, anxious quality that mirrors the uneasiness of Bourne as he attempts to outwit his adversaries. During the stunning car chases that conclude the film, the camerawork is especially successful. Damon gives a compelling lead performance and manages the physical rigors of the role admirably, leaving his hero battered and bruised by the advent of the adrenaline-fueled finale.
’71, Film 4, 11:10 p.m.
In Yann Demange’s tense survival thriller, Jack O’Connell plays a British soldier trapped in a cauldron of violence in Belfast in 1971. The script is by Gregory Burke, a Scottish playwright and the author of Black Watch. Fresh recruit Gary Hook (O’Connell) completes his preparation and is immediately sent to help ease the fragile peace in Northern Ireland. Hook is swept up in an insurrection on his very first day on the streets of Belfast.