Netflix has set a Feb. 15 drop date for its new Italian original series “The Law According to Lidia Poët,” a period piece about Italy’s first female lawyer. The show will go out globally roughly one month after Netflix’s well-received Elena Ferrante adaptation “The Lying Life of Adults.” It features rising Italian star Matilda De Angelis, who appeared alongside Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant in “The Undoing,” as its titular character. This, combined with the feminist narrative, could help give it international heft.
The 6-episode procedural is directed by Matteo Rovere and Letizia Lamartire. One of the series’ taglines is: “If God wanted you to be a lawyer he would not have made you a woman.” Lidia Poët” reconstructs the true story of the Italian woman who in late 19th century Turin fought a legal battle to be allowed to practice as a lawyer after she was forbidden to do so by a court order. Penniless but full of pride, Lidia finds a job at her brother Enrico’s law firm where she prepares an appeal that will overturn the court’s ruling. She thus became Italy’s first female lawyer.
The Law According to Lidia Poët will show the struggle of one young woman to take on the system and become the first female Italian avvocato. Set in the late 19th century, Lidia, while seeking to practice law and taking on the court’s decision barring her from doing so, also sets out to solve murders that prove her competence.
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