War at home: how Big Little Lies deftly dissects domestic violence

War at home: how Big Little Lies deftly dissects domestic violence

In the second season of the HBO drama, a nuanced depiction of surviving a violent marriage artfully evokes a form of PTSD

Big Little Lies is a beautiful show about ugly secrets. Based on the novel by Liane Moriarty, the show centers around the lives of five very different women in Monterey, California, who are connected through a murder. Since its first season, the show has been celebrated for its gorgeous cinematography, deft storytelling and excellent acting. Though the show explores many forms of deception, from white lies to infidelity, its nuanced look at the ways that domestic violence can remain hidden from public view is one of the series’ most important additions to the cultural conversation.

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