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The Miniaturist
Anya as: Petronella Brandt
Written by: John Brownlow (screenplay), Jessie Burton (novel)
Directed by: Guillem Morales
Other cast: Romola Garai, Hayley Squires
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Original release: December 26, 2017 – December 27, 2017
Running time: 1 hour

The Miniaturist is a television adaptation of the novel The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. It tells the story of a young woman who moves to 17th century Amsterdam and hires a mysterious local miniaturist to furnish the dollhouse she received from her merchant husband as present, but the lifelike miniatures somehow start eerily foreshadowing her fate.

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Episode Guide
Episode 1.01

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In 1686 teen-aged Petronella “Nella” Oortman agrees to marry wealthy merchant Johannes Brandt to save the family fortunes – and arrives at the Amsterdam house he shares with his devout, austere sister Marin and servants Cornelia and Otto. As a wedding present Johannes gives her a dolls’ house, a replica of his own home, which she furnishes with beautiful tiny items sent by an anonymous miniaturist who seems to know a lot about the house. More, unsolicited items follow, including figurines of Marin and Johannes. Johannes seems unwilling to consummate the marriage, and Nella soon discovers his secret as more miniature likenesses are sent, including one of Johannes’ lover Jack Philips, who unwisely visits during one of Johannes’ many business trips. On his return Nella discovers her husband’s secret and the plan of his enemies, sugar sellers Agnes and Frans Meermans, to expose his sexuality – leading to his flight. Then Nella gets another shock.

Episode 1.02

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Nella faces danger and turmoil as Johannes is accused by the Amsterdam authorities. Meanwhile, her relationship with the Miniaturist becomes ever more mysterious and disturbing.

Reviews & Reception

On Rotten Tomatoes, the mini-series has an approval rating of 71% based on 14 reviews, with an average rating of 3.9/5.  Metacritic reports a weighted average score of 69 out of 100, based on 7 critics.

“Taylor-Joy gives an excellent performance playing the innocent Nella who thankfully asks the questions viewers want answering rather than being a hopeless protagonist (as we are first led to believe). Garai as the controlling sister and Squires as the housemaid also play their characters fantastically, the dynamic between the three woman provoking questions as to who controls who in the Brandt household.”

Independent, The Miniaturist review