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The dramatic series tells the story of the duo Marianne and Connell since the end of their school days in a small town in western Ireland. This relationship grows together until you reach college years at Trinity College. At those moments, there seems to be an indelible strange contact between the teens and perhaps they are determined to hide this relationship between them along the way.
"Normal People" could be the first work in Rooney's "Before" trilogy, another epic and intimate romance built around an undeniable, impractical spark. After all, it may have been done before, but it hasn't been told like this.
The show finds emotional power in its finely modulated lead performances, which have ample room to unfold. The effects are sneaky, cumulative, dependent on your willingness to agonize with the characters across four years and a series of sloppy partings.
Occasionally, their inability to simply express themselves frustrated me, but Edgar-Jones and Mescal do such a good job of communicating the tortured feelings bouncing around in their characters' skull that you recognize the misery they're going through.