Released on Sky Atlantic in August 2020, the six-episode series is playfully inspired by Anaïs Nin’s 1979 collection of erotic short stories. Set in Tangier in 1955, Little Birds follows heiress Lucy Savage (Juno Temple) who, fresh off the transatlantic steamer, is ready for love. But when her husband Hugo (Hugh Skinner) does not receive her in the way she expected. But Lucy desires an unconventional life free from the societal cage she’s been kept in and finds herself on the cusp of achieving a painful yet necessary independence.
The high saturated colours and soft shallow camera focus are stunning and the performances are strong, but I don’t completely understand the point of the story. It didn’t go anywhere, so I’m left feeling really underwhelmed.
An adaptation of Nin’s infamous collection of short stories, the erotism gets lost after a couple of episodes and instead focusses on the politics of that time. Instead of these characters finding themselves in a vibrant new world, I don’t feel that any of them got closure.
I’m such a big fan of Juno Temple and I love that she always picks such eccentric films and series to star in. This is also one of the few times that I’ve liked a performance from Hugh Skinner. But I just wasn’t invested in the story at all.