Less than two weeks have passed since its release on Netflix of what at times appears to be one of the greatest serial masterpieces on the Italian stage, given its near-unanimous reception from audiences and critics alike. We are clearly talking about Tear along the dotted line from Zerocalcare, whose ending touches not only introspective depths.
He recorded record songs Tear Along the Dotted Line, the first Netflix series of Zero calcare and one of his most structured works, outside of primary comic production, of course. The very short miniseries of six episodes alone, for a total duration of one and a half hour from reproduction, could entertain, from laughter to tears, but also tears alone (and many) touching strings that affect the self-confidence of an entire generation. So much so that many are hoping for the second season of Tear Around the Edges.
Tear along the dotted line: explanation of the ending
It premiered at the Rome Film Fest with two episodes focusing only on the most hilarious comedy, then revealed a (very gradual) emotional process and in person self-reflection – for Zerocalcare and his spectators – centered on a dramatic event that really happened in the cartoonist’s life. The whole series is configured as a retrospective story who tries to dilute the times of this journey – not only in the soul, but also to a specific destination – so that the destination arrives as late as possible.
Warning, spoilers: this is because the destination is the funeral of Alice, a friend of Zero, Secco and Sarah who committed suicide after seeing her dreams of fulfillment broken and forced to return to her parents’ home village. Alice’s story, like Zero’s, is a story of failures: or rather, of how society and our insecurities and paranoia lead us to feel like failures, taking on all the burden and responsibility of life. , not just ours, but ours as well. others.
In part it was already clear from the reasons for the strange dubbing of Tear along the dotted line especially Alice’s in her robotic voice, to represent the emotional detachment unearthed toward him by Zero—closed as a hedgehog. And when, in fact, Sarah and Secco’s characters get their… real voices again, the meaning of the narrative operation becomes clear: Zero’s was a story all lived in his head, about the way he introjected that experience and the judgments. others, actually non-existent. ‘Don’t you remember? You’re just a blade of grass”: Sarah repeats this to him, to whom Zero finally grants the benefit of (real) listening.