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ZeroZeroZero
ZeroZeroZero Title Card.png
Genre
Created by
Based onZeroZeroZero
by Roberto Saviano
Directed by
Starring
ComposerMogwai
Country of originItaly
Original languages
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Riccardo Tozzi
  • Gina Gardini
  • Giovanni Stabilini
  • Marco Chimenz
  • Richard Middleton
  • Matteo De Laurentiis
  • Stefano Sollima
  • Roberto Saviano
  • Leonardo Fasoli
  • Mauricio Katz
  • Pablo Trapero
  • Janus Metz
  • Stefano Bises
Producers
  • Fabrice de la Patelliere
  • Pierre Saint-André
  • Nils Hartmann
  • Sonia Rovai
  • Rola Bauer
  • Jonas Bauer
Production locations
Cinematography
Editors
Running time48–66 minutes
Production companies
DistributorStudioCanal TV
Release
Original network
First shown inItaly
Original release14 February 2020 (2020-02-14) –
March 6, 2020 (2020-03-06)
External links
Website

ZeroZeroZero is an Italian crime drama television series created by Stefano Sollima, Leonardo Fasoli and Mauricio Katz for Sky Atlantic, Canal+ and Amazon Prime Video. It is based on the book of the same name by Roberto Saviano,[1][2] a study of the business around the drug cocaine, covering its movement across continents. The series stars Andrea Riseborough, Dane DeHaan and Gabriel Byrne as the American Lynwood family, controlling an international shipping company which acts as cocaine broker between Mexican and Italian organized crime.[3] The series derives its name from the purest type of flour (000), which is "the nickname among narcotraffickers for the purest cocaine on the market."[4]

The world premiere of ZeroZeroZero was on 5 September 2019 at the 76th Venice International Film Festival, where the first two episodes were screened out of competition.[5] The series premiered on television on 14 February 2020 on Sky Atlantic in Italy.

Premise[edit]

The series follows the troubled journey of a large shipment of cocaine from Monterrey, Mexico to Gioia Tauro, Italy. The sellers are the narco brothers Enrique and Jacinto Leyra, who are aided in their criminal activities by Manuel Quinteras and his group of corrupt soldiers; the buyer is Don Minu La Piana, a boss of the 'Ndrangheta, whose position is challenged by his grandson Stefano and the Curtiga family; the brokers in charge of the shipment are the Lynwoods, an American family from New Orleans owning a prestigious shipping company. The infighting within the 'Ndrangheta causes the shipment to be rerouted to Africa, and the delay has dramatic consequences for all the interested parties.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Andrea Riseborough[1] as Emma Lynwood, eldest daughter of Edward Lynwood, running the family's shipping company
  • Dane DeHaan[1] as Chris Lynwood, Emma's younger brother, affected by Huntington's disease
  • Giuseppe De Domenico[1] as Stefano La Piana, a member of the 'Ndrangheta
  • Adriano Chiaramida as Don Damiano "Minu" La Piana, a boss of the 'Ndrangheta and Stefano's grandfather
  • Harold Torres[1] as Manuel Quinteras, a soldier of the Mexican Army, secretly working for the Leyra brothers
  • Noé Hernández as Varas, a commander of the Mexican Army
  • Tchéky Karyo as François Salvage, a captain working for the Lynwoods
  • Francesco Colella as Italo Curtiga, Stefano's ally
  • Diego Cataño as Chino, a soldier of the Mexican Army
  • Norman Delgadillo as Diego, a loyal soldier of the Mexican Army
  • Nika Perrone as Lucia, Stefano's wife
  • Gabriel Byrne[1] as Edward Lynwood, Chris and Emma's father and head of the family's shipping company
  • Claudia Pineda as Chiquitita, Diego's wife
  • Érick Israel Consuelo as Moko, a soldier of the Mexican Army
  • Jesús Lozano as Gordo, a soldier of the Mexican Army
  • José Salof as Indio, a soldier of the Mexican Army
  • Flavio Medina as Jacinto Leyra, a Mexican narco
  • Víctor Huggo Martin as Enrique Leyra, a Mexican narco and Jacinto's brother
  • Seydina Baldé as Omar Gamby, Emma's fixer in Dakar
  • Nabiha Akkari as Amina, daughter of Yasser, the Lynwoods' fixer in Casablanca, and Chris's love interest

Recurring[edit]

  • José Carlos Rodriguez as Pastor Jorge
  • Mostefa Djadja as Yasser, the Lynwoods' fixer in Casablanca and Amina's father
The cast along with director Stefano Sollima and author Roberto Saviano at the prémiere of the series during the 2019 Venice Film Festival

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateItaly viewers
(millions) [a]
1"The Shipment"Stefano SollimaTreatment by : Stefano Bises and Leonardo Fasoli and Roberto Saviano and Stefano Sollima
Teleplay by : Leonardo Fasoli and Mauricio Katz and Stefano Sollima
14 February 2020 (2020-02-14)0.41 (o.n.)[6]
The narration plays out over different timelines, often showing, through flashbacks, events that were occurring prior to or at the same time as sequences that have already been shown. An opening narration cites the interconnected and often-invisible nature of the drug trade, alluding to the buyers, sellers, and brokers.

In the opening scene, Don Minu, an elderly Italian man, leaves a bunker in the middle of the hills in Calabria, Italy. He goes to a meeting of mob family heads with his grandson, Don Stefano, and tells them that he needs money to feed everyone and has decided to place an order of 5 tons of cocaine to revive their businesses. He also says that he was forced to live in the bunker because of the mafia wars and that he seeks their trust again. Later that night, a loyalist of Don Minu, Luciano, drives around collecting funds for the cocaine shipment from various heads of the mob families. He is abducted by Don Stefano's loyalist, Nicola, and Don Stefano joins him. They critically maim Luciano, feed him to pigs while he's still alive, and burn all of the money that he collected. Stefano hates his grandfather for a reason revealed later in the series and wants to sabotage his operation.

In the next scene, a chili factory in Monterrey, Mexico is revealed to be the site where the cocaine is being hidden in cans of jalapeño peppers. The handler of the factory is tracked by a special forces team, and, in an ensuing car-chase sequence, he is captured in a crowded market after a brutal gunfight that kills a young schoolgirl who was caught in the crossfire. The special forces team tortures the handler to death in order to obtain information on an upcoming meeting between the brokers of the drug deal.

Later that night, the special forces team surrounds a large restaurant where the meeting is taking place. They observe the Leyras brothers, Enrique and Jacinto, enter the restaurant. A few moments into the meeting, the Leyras brothers are alerted by their bodyguards to the presence of the special forces team, and the meeting abruptly ends. As they are trying to discreetly leave, Edward Lynwood, the broker, is injured by bullets fired from the special forces team.

In a flashback, Edward and his daughter, Emma Lynwood, negotiate for a large cargo ship that they eventually purchase for 18 million USD after striking a deal in a port in New Orleans. Emma is concerned after their Italian accountant alerts her that the money for the shipment has not come through yet (as a result of Don Stefano's earlier sabotage), and she quickly raises this concern with her father. There is a heated discussion between Emma and Edward at a horse race regarding the large liability they will incur if they pay for the shipment upfront, which, along with the ship, will cost them more than 31 million USD. Emma is worried that they will not be able to close it within the allotted four-week timeframe. Her younger brother, Chris Lynwood, lipreads the conversation from his seat, which ends with Edward assuring Emma that Don Minu would honor his word and that there would be no liability. In the next scene, Chris attends a support group for people living with Huntington's disease, which he is revealed to have gotten via his mother, who died of the disease at some earlier time.

Later, we switch back to the scene at the restaurant in Mexico where Edward gets shot.
2"Tampico Skies"Stefano SollimaLeonardo Fasoli and Mauricio Katz14 February 2020 (2020-02-14)0.27 (o.n.)[6]
Don Minu is awoken in the middle of the night and sees on his CCTV that a special ops team has located his bunker and is breaking in to capture him. He opens a secret passageway and escapes, badly breaking his finger in the attempt. His aide, Giovanni, treats him, and he is taken to a safe house.

The next scene places the episode back in Monterrey, as a car chase involving the Mexican special forces team, the Leyras brothers and their men, and Edward and Emma Lynwood ensues after the confrontation at the restaurant. The Leyras brothers and the Lynwoods narrowly escape, and Emma quickly boards a plane with her critically injured father and brings him home to New Orleans. Edward Lynwood succumbs to his injuries shortly after they arrive back home. In the next scene, Emma and Chris lay next to their dead father on the bed and talk about their childhood memories. Emma lies to Chris and states that their father's last words were for Chris to join the family business and stop living for his sickness, which was exactly the opposite of what Edward previously said to her.

After returning from Edward's funeral, the siblings are accosted by Stefano, who has come to New Orleans. He offers condolences for their father's death but threatens them, ordering them to abort the shipment and directly connect him to the Mexican cartel, cutting them out of this and future transactions. The next day, Emma sets up a meeting with Stefano and stands up to him, telling him that the shipment will be on course as per the plan and that Chris will personally take charge of it. Later, on board the ship, Chris witnesses an attack via helicopter by the Mexican special forces team and is quickly knocked down by one of the soldiers.

In the next scene, a flashback, Sergeant Manuel and his team are in the locker room watching a newscast of the day's events in the market. Manuel procures a pouch of cash from his uniform, which he stole from the dead body of the Leyras' lawyer in the aftermath of the car chase. He evenly distributes the money to his team, describing it as "an advance on their pension." Diego (nicknamed "Bunny"), a member of the team, declines the money and Manuel threatens him, forcing Bunny to declare his loyalty. Later, Manuel is summoned to meet with Captain Varas, who states that the Leyras brothers escaped the siege only because of an insider. He tells Manuel that he will have to replace the entire squad if the mole is not flushed out. Manuel assures Varas that he leads a brave and committed contingent and suspects no one from his squad.

Later, outside his barracks, Manuel is picked up by a narcotics dealer and asked to take care of a shipment. Later in the day, he tracks down Bunny in a club and kills him along with two other men, drags their bodies into his van, and blows the club. He then hangs the bodies from a bridge with messages announcing their involvement with the cartel written on cardboard signs hanging around their necks. Manuel did this to divert suspicion away from himself, and Varas is convinced, comforting Manuel about the death of his friend but celebrating the fact that the apparent mole has been found out. His team is temporarily stunned by this turn of events, as Bunny was a loyal member of their squad, but Manuel quashes their conversation by stating that Bunny "took a bullet for them," alerting them to the fact that Bunny was framed. It is soon revealed that the entire squad is corrupt and led by Manuel because he believes that the moment their purpose is over, they will be discarded; therefore, they have to fend for themselves. Manuel is a devout Christian and frequently attends church services to reconcile his guilt.

Manuel receives a call from Varas after the captain and other men have just finished brutally interrogating a member of the cartel in order to receive details regarding the cocaine shipment. They assemble their team, led by Varas, to a helicopter and fly to the location of the Lynwood's ship. The scene is resumed from the point where Chris was knocked out earlier. The forces locate the container in which the cocaine is kept, and Varas commands Manuel to take action. Manuel waits for an opportune moment and tells Varas that his team is paid to make sure the shipment remains on its course. He then kills Varas and another soldier. Later, Manuel tells Chris and the crew of the ship to turn off their communications and change their course. He and his team, along with the dead bodies of Varas and the other soldier, are lifted up into the waiting helicopter.
3"Miranda"Janus MetzStory by : Leonardo Fasoli and Mauricio Katz
Teleplay by : Max Hurwitz
21 February 2020 (2020-02-21)0.26 (o.n.)[7]
When the helicopter lands, Manuel sends a message of sabotage over the radio and kills the pilot of the helicopter. Now that they are clearly established as traitors, Manuel tells his men that God has shown him a new path. Manuel takes his squad to the Leyras brothers' apartment and proposes that they can make sure that the Leyras brothers are the only ones selling drugs on the streets of Mexico. The Leyras brothers first mock him, but, when confronted with a Mexican standoff, they understand that the team's skill and courage are unparalleled and give in to their demands.

Chris, while performing a random inspection on the ship, discovers that the oil cylinders are conspicuously loose in the engine room, a clear indication that someone wants to start a fire. Chris alerts the captain, who at first dismisses Chris's concern. Chris then takes it upon himself to check the CCTV footage and tracks down the crew member who loosened the cylinders. He again goes to the captain after this confrontation, but the captain knocks him out. When he regains consciousness, he finds that there is a massive fire and that he has been locked in his room. He manages to escape the room, only after accidentally spilling all of his anti-spasm medication, and triggers the emergency systems. This puts out the fire but causes the power to go out on the ship. He grabs a gas mask and inspects the damage, only to realize that the ship cannot move. He sees a lifeboat on the horizon, which he understands is what the captain and crew used to escape.

Next, a flashback shows a meeting between Stefano and the captain of the ship. The captain mentions that he is sick of the sea, as there is no thrill left because of the automation and incompetence of his Filipino crew, who work for very low wages. Stefano promises him a fat retirement package, but, in return, he wants the captain to make sure the ship never gets to Gioia Tauro. The captain reluctantly accepts the offer.

Upon returning home to Calabria, Stefano receives visitors from Don Minu. He and his wife immediately understand the meaning of this, and Stefano's wife sneaks a phone into her husband's jacket before he leaves with them. Don Mino impresses upon Stefano that he knows about his sabotage. They head out to the pigsty from the first episode, and one of Don Minu's friends slaughters the female pig that ate Luciano. They all take turns drinking the pig's blood, and Stefano drinks it in a single sip to hide his fear from the others. Don Minu insists that the shipment is in transit and it must arrive; if it doesn't, his enemies have won.

Stefano heads to the bathroom and secretly rings his wife with a code that gives her his location. One of Don Minu's men overhears this, and they leave the location, knowing Stefano's friends would soon attack them. In the car, they demand that Stefano hand over the phone.

It is now revealed why Stefano hates his grandfather. Don Minu killed his son (Stefano's father) because he started the last war, and Don Minu saw this as the only way to achieve peace. Stefano is made to witness Nicola being burnt alive inside a car, and this serves as a final warning to him. Late in the night, Don Minu's place is ambushed by Stefano's friends from a different mob. Stefano helps Don Minu escape but shoots himself in the shoulder to make it look like he did not help. He tells his men that Nicola was murdered.
4"Transshipment"Janus MetzLeonardo Fasoli and Mauricio Katz21 February 2020 (2020-02-21)0.21 (o.n.)[7]
Back in Monterrey, Mexico, Manuel's men track a local drug lord with a very high degree of efficiency and discreetness. They kill him brutally in front of his workers, who are mostly teenagers, and videotape his murder as a warning to other drug lords.

Manuel goes to pay his respects to the pregnant wife of Bunny. His wife tells Manuel that her dead husband respected him and wonders how Manuel let anyone claim that Bunny wasn't loyal. Manuel, weighed down by the guilt, offers her a package of cash, which he lies and says was taken up in a collection by his team.

Chris is able to get the ship to Dakar, Senegal with the help of the coast guard and tries to reason with Senegalese officials to allow his cargo to continue on to Italy. He is informed that only after a customs inspection would they be able to move the cargo. Chris tries to get his anti-spasm drugs from a local pharmacy but is unable to purchase them because he needs a prescription. A street urchin takes him to a local crime lord from who Chris buys an alternative in the form of a mysterious green liquid, along with some weed.

Chris is finally reunited with Emma, and she apologizes for putting him in this situation. Emma takes charge of the situation and is determined to get the cargo to Casablanca. She hires a local fixer, Omar, to assist in getting her cargo out of the country. They bribe the port official, but he tells them that only after the approval of the higher-ranking customs official would the cargo be allowed to move out of the port. The customs official understands that the cargo contains something valuable other than jalapeños, and requires Emma to give up her ship to rescue her cargo. As the cargo is being moved, Senegalese police come to inspect the cargo; however, Omar is alert and asks for a warrant, which they don't have, delaying the inspection until the following day. In the middle of the night, Chris frantically wakes up Emma and tells her that police are coming to arrest them.

In a flashback, it is shown that Chris offered a deal to the crime lord he met earlier in order to rescue the cargo. In the middle of the night, the crime lord and his men gain access to the cargo and load the cocaine into two trucks. The police are on their tail, but they manage to safely arrive at their hideout where the crime lord takes 50 kg of cocaine, as per their deal. Chris rushes back to his hotel and tells Emma that police are coming and that they have to leave immediately. Both of them run from the scene and arrive at their shipment. Furious at Chris for going behind her back, Emma reveals to him that their father actually never wanted Chris to get involved in the family business. Omar arrives with his men and they escort them out of Senegal via a back route, along with the two trucks ferrying the cocaine. In the car, Emma notices Chris's spasms and asks when they started.
5"Sharia"Janus MetzStory by : Leonardo Fasoli and Max Hurwitz and Mauricio Katz
Teleplay by : Max Hurwitz
28 February 2020 (2020-02-28)0.26 (o.n.)[8]
An injured Stefano is being treated by one of the cartel's members for his gunshot wound. The surgeon discovers gunpowder burns on the wounds, which indicate that the bullet was fired from point-blank range, meaning that Stefano probably shot himself. The surgeon alerts his boss to his suspicion. Stefano gets a whiff of the looming danger, calls his wife, and tells her to run with their son immediately and seek the asylum of his grandfather.

Chris and Emma's convoy is traveling through the Sahara Desert, and Chris admits to Emma that his spasms started a few months ago. The convoy soon approaches a town controlled by Jihadists. Omar speaks to one of the men and finds out that his contact was killed only the day before. The men demand 100 kg of cocaine in exchange for safe passage. Omar tells Emma that they have no other option, and they agree to their terms. The convoy carries on, now escorted by the armed Jihadists. They spend the night in the desert and the leader of the Jihadists has one of his men offer blankets to Emma and Chris. Later in the night, Emma looks on as the Jihadists purchase weapons, and Omar briefly explains the conflict between the French nationals and the Tuaregs to her.

When they arrive at one of the Jihadists' strongholds the following day, Chris is taken forcefully by a group of men. Emma panics, as they do not explain where they are taking him, and she too is taken and placed in a makeshift prison, where she is given food by female caretakers. The next day, she finds the prison door is left open and she creeps out the way she was taken in. She snoops around the house and sees a group of the Jihadists watching a newscast and celebrating an attack on French nationals. Scared, she quickly makes her way back to her cell and continues to wait in agony. She witnesses a commotion outside, and, soon after, Omar and a few other armed men appear outside her cell. Omar tells her that there has been a drone strike by the French nationals on the Jihadists who took Chris, which is what the previous commotion that Emma witnessed was regarding. Omar tells her that everyone is dead, including the Jihadist leader and Chris. Emma is distraught and refuses to believe the news. Omar must drag her out of the cell and he makes her aware of the direness of the situation, giving her a gun. Emma quickly calms herself and follows his orders. Outside, they are met with gunfire and take cover in a school building. Omar is shot, but his associates continue to return fire; however, they are greatly outnumbered and the Jihadists are quickly closing in. Suddenly, a car zooms onto the scene, halting the shootout, and the presumed dead Chris gets out with his hands up.

A flashback shows what happened to Chris after he was separated from Emma. The leader of the Jihadists, along with his associates, ride out into the desert. Midway, he gives his blessings to his son, who is presumably going on a suicide mission. Chris attempts to make conversation with the leader by asking him about his son, but the man rebukes him. After arriving close to a refugee camp, the leader tells Chris that his wife is inside the camp and that the guards allow only doctors to enter. Chris must pretend that he is a doctor in order for them to gain entry into the camp so that the leader can bless his newborn son. This plays out smoothly, and they begin their return journey. One the way back, Chris confides in the leader about his disease. He laments the fact that, although he can conceive a child, there would be a 50% chance that he would pass on the disease to them and that, even if the child doesn't carry his disease, they would have to watch their father die at a young age.

Early in the morning, the convoy stops for their prayers while Chris watches from a distance before becoming engrossed in the happenings of a nearby lizard. Suddenly, the aforementioned drone strikes the praying group of men, killing nearly everyone. A dazed Chris, abandoned by the only other surviving member of the convoy, panics and gets into one of the cars. Just before driving away, he sees that the leader is alive but critically injured. He puts him in the car and speeds back to the stronghold, pulling up on the shootout. The Jihadists immediately direct all of their attention to their injured leader, and a younger guard allows Chris and Emma to leave, along with their cargo. Emma desperately tries to keep a critically wounded Omar alive, but he succumbs to his injuries shortly into the drive.
6"En el mismo camino"Pablo TraperoStory by : Leonardo Fasoli and Max Hurwitz and Mauricio Katz
Teleplay by : Leonardo Fasoli and Max Hurwitz
28 February 2020 (2020-02-28)0.26 (o.n.)[8]
Emma pays her respects at the makeshift grave of Omar, who the convoy buried in the desert. They continue their journey and reach Casablanca, Morocco. They are greeted by their contact and he assures Emma that the shipment will soon be on its course.

Back in Mexico, Manuel gains control over some local drug lords and recruits a few hundred teenage boys for his army. His men take control of an abandoned factory and start a military-grade training camp for the new recruits, whom they call "vampires." Along with training, they are also brainwashed. The whole operation is well oiled, and soon Manuel has an army of lethal soldiers who are at his beck and call.

He pays periodic visits to Diego's widowed wife. His guilt continues to weigh on him and he continues to give her cash, which she now accepts congenially. She indirectly expresses her feelings for him by asking to go out with him, presumably for a date.

After the first contingent is trained, they are given a mission. They abduct a bus, line up all the passengers under a flyover, and kill them. They record the shooting and leave one person alive as an eyewitness to tell the media about their brutality. Later, Manuel takes Diego's wife to his church. She is visibly disturbed by the service and leaves midway, telling him that she was expecting a more pleasant type of outing.

Manuel meets with one of the Leyras brothers and gives him the collection from the sale of their drugs. When he reminds them that it's payday, the Leyras brother tells him that securing their drug business is burning a hole in their pockets and that a new consignment of weapons is coming; therefore, they will have to wait for their payment. Manuel is visibly upset but handles the situation calmly. His associate is furious and fears what they will tell their army. Manuel tells them that they're going to celebrate tonight by going out for an expensive restaurant for dinner, "where it all started." They have a good time at the restaurant, which is the same restaurant from the first two episodes, but when they are almost done with their dinner, the Leyras brothers arrive with their family. Manuel asks the waiter to send over three bottles of their most expensive champagne to the Leyras brothers, indirectly humiliating them.

After dropping his men off, Manuel decides to relieve his stress by taking Diego's wife out on a date. They go dancing, becoming more intimate. When Manuel is dropping her off, he receives several calls. She insists that he come in and stay with her until she falls asleep. When he leaves and finally answers his phone, he learns that one of his main men, Indio, has been badly injured. Manuel rushes back to the base.

In a flashback that shows what was happening while Manuel was with Diego's wife, Indio receives a call for the delivery of the weapons. The Leyras' men want Manuel there, but they cannot get ahold of him, so they decide to carry out the mission on their own. They return to their base and wake up their army for the task. The weapons are inspected by Leyras' men. However, the tension that was built up between the Leyras' men and Manuel's army spills over from insults, and a gunfight ensues, killing Indio.

Manuel takes the injured men to Diego's wife's home, where she and her family tend to the injured. Suddenly, her water breaks and Manuel rushes her to the hospital. He stands outside the room during the birth and is overwhelmed by emotions.
7"Family"Pablo TraperoStory by : Leonardo Fasoli and Max Hurwitz and Mauricio Katz
Teleplay by : Leonardo Fasoli and Maddalena Ravagli
6 March 2020 (2020-03-06)0.31 (o.n.)[9]
In Calabria, Italy, Don Minu is escorted to a safe house by one of his men. Meanwhile, Stefano is being driven through the countryside by members of the Curtiga family, and they inquire where his grandfather might be. Stefano insists that he doesn't know, and upon arriving at their location, they beat him and toss him into a pigsty, but not before he tells them that he knows how to track the cocaine shipment.

In the next scene, we see Lucia hurrying through a town with her son and some luggage. She meets with an older woman and gives her a coded message for Don Minu. Don Minu sends Bellantone to pick up Lucia and her son. Upon arriving at their destination, it is revealed that Bellantone and his men are working against Don Minu, and they beat Lucia and use her and her son as ransom to get Stefano to do their bidding. Bellantone and his men fly with Stefano to Casablanca, Morocco to track down the shipment.

In Casablanca, Bellantone, his men, and Stefano kidnap the daughter of the Lynwood's fixer, Amina, and use her to track down the Lynwoods and the shipment. She takes them to the apartment where the Lynwoods are staying and Chris answers the door.

A flashback shows what happened in the days leading up to this. The shipment is being prepared to be loaded onto another cargo ship bound for Gioia Tauro, Italy. The Lynwood's local fixer, Yasser, puts them up in a nice apartment in the city, which he promises is safe. He also tells them that his daughter will come by the next day with money from the customs officer as well as medication for Chris.

Chris wakes up later that evening to find that he has wet himself. Distraught, he breaks down in the bathroom and his comforted by Emma. Amina arrives the next day as promised with the money and the medication, and she and Chris are both taken with each other. Chris volunteers to accompany Amina to the customs office, seemingly to spend more time with her. The two hit it off and Chris experiences his attraction to her continue to grow.

Later that day, Emma and Chris have dinner together. Chris admits that he's never been in love, as he doesn't see the point in forming a relationship with someone given the complications of his disease. He mentions that Amina invited him to a party later that night, and the siblings decide to attend, as Emma picks up on the Chris's interest in Amina.

After the party, Chris goes home with Amina and the two have sex. He wakes up later in the night and he launches into a fit of rage over his frustration with his disease. He rebuffs Amina when she tries to comfort him and abruptly leaves.

The next morning, Emma announces that she is going to go to the port alone to see the shipment off and that she'll be sending Chris home on the next flight to New Orleans. Chris is hurt, thinking that Emma is upset with him. Shortly after Emma leaves, Chris sulks around the apartment when he hears several sharp knocks at the door. He answers and is greeted by a frightened Amina as well as Bellantone, his men, and Stefano. They force him to take them to where the shipment is, and he stalls them, allowing the cargo to leave on time without issue. When Stefano realizes that Chris has led him on a wild goose chase, he badly beats Chris inside the warehouse and leaves him unconscious and bleeding on the ground. Bellantone tells Stefano that now Stefano must kill his grandfather.
8"Same Blood"Pablo TraperoStory by : Leonardo Fasoli and Max Hurwitz and Mauricio Katz
Teleplay by : Leonardo Fasoli and Max Hurwitz
6 March 2020 (2020-03-06)0.31 (o.n.)[9]
Back in Monterrey, Mexico, Manuel holds Diego's wife's newborn baby and tells her that he can't see her ever again, although he promises to continue sending money. Diego's wife is confused by this and pleads him to stay with them. He tells her that he is not a good person, and admits to killing her husband before leaving. Outside the hospital, he meets with his army and they head off on a mission.

In the next scene, Manuel and his army ambush a birthday party at the Leyras brothers' house, killing several of their men as well as some guests. They corner one of the brothers, Jacinto, in an upstairs room, and Jacinto tells them that he can get them 32 million right away. Jacinto places a call and Emma's voice is heard on the phone, saying that she just landed and will come right over. After Jacinto hangs up, Manuel kills him.

Upon returning to Calabria, Italy, Bellantone forces Stefano to arrange a meeting with his grandfather. Stefano is briefly reunited with Lucia and his son before heading off on his mission. When he arrives at Don Minu's safe house, he is greeted by armed men as well as Emma Lynwood.

A flashback shows what happened in Casablanca, Morocco following the shipment's departure. Emma heads back to the apartment and finds Amina tied up in the bathroom. Amina tells her that "Italians" wanting the shipment came and took Chris. Understanding the meaning of this immediately, Emma hurries to the warehouse with Yasser and finds the dead body of her brother, over which she cries uncontrollably.

Emma then flies to Calabria and meets with Don Minu. She tells him that Stefano killed Chris and that he had been trying to stop the shipment the whole time. Don Minu is visibly upset by this news, and together they wait for Stefano to arrive. When he does, Don Minu stabs him and cries over his dead body, begging God for forgiveness. Emma then gives Don Minu the number of the container that holds the cocaine, which has finally arrived in Gioia Tauro. Don Minu tells her he will transfer the money to her father's account, and she leaves. Bellantone and his men are attacked and killed by Don Minu's men, who rescue Lucia and her son.

Emma arrives in Monterrey and receives the call from Jacinto. Upon arriving at the Leyras house, she is met with the bloody aftermath of the ambush, but she remains composed. She meets with Manuel and gives him the 32 million before asking if he can get her 2,000 kg of cocaine for a shipment to Russia. He obliges and gives her a phone number. Emma leaves, nodding to Manuel's men as she passes them and trying to maintain her composure after the whirlwind of events that have ensued.
  1. ^ Combined viewers of simulcast on Sky Atlantic and Sky Cinema 1.

Distribution[edit]

The series premiered on 14 February 2020 on Sky Atlantic in Italy. It was released in its entirety on 6 March 2020 on Amazon Prime Video in the United States, Canada, Latin America and Spain.[10] ZeroZeroZero premiered on 9 March 2020 on Canal+ in France,[11] and on 26 March 2020 on Sky Atlantic in Germany and Austria.[12] It premiered on 14 May 2020 on SBS and SBS On Demand in Australia.[13] The series premiered on 4 February 2021 on Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom and Ireland.[14]

HBO Europe has distributed the series in all its countries (Spain excluded) from 14 February 2020.[15][16]

Production[edit]

The series was shot in Mexico, Italy, Senegal, Morocco and the United States.[10]

Reception[edit]

ZeroZeroZero has been well-received by critics. It has a 94% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 8/10, based on 34 reviews. The Critics Consensus states, "An addictive thriller whose greatest weakness is that it is at times too withholding, ZeroZeroZero will stick with you long after the credits roll.[17]

Nick Allen of RogerEbert.com praised ZeroZeroZero as "the kind of thriller that makes such a deep impression because it can think big and small at the same time, uniting three gripping individual stories into one massive saga."[18] Mike Hale of the New York Times characterized the show as a "three shows in one: an Italian mafia saga with rocky Calabrian hillsides and generational omertà; a Mexican narco thriller with lavish cartel violence; and, more improbably, an indie-movie-style American family drama and character study. The series toggles among the three stories, which are intimately connected but for the most part told separately, with occasional meetings that are invariably bad news for the characters involved." He compared the series unfavorably to the earlier Roberto Saviano-based series, Gomorrah, but praised the characterization and performances of Riseborough and DeHaan.[19] Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that ZeroZeroZero was "beautifully shot, but frustratingly limited on character," and adding that "genre familiarity may make ZeroZeroZero less fresh, but it remains quite watchable, if you can ignore its vaguely nihilistic streak, thanks to a good cast, confident direction and cinematography that's really quite stunning at times."[20]

Soundtrack[edit]

A soundtrack album by Scottish band Mogwai was released on 1 May 2020.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Clarke, Stewart (20 April 2018). "Gabriel Byrne, Andrea Riseborough, Amazon Board Cocaine Drama 'ZeroZeroZero'".
  2. ^ Vivarelli, Nick (9 October 2017). "Cocaine Trafficking Show 'ZeroZeroZero' Goes Into Production With 'Gomorrah' Director (EXCLUSIVE)".
  3. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (20 April 2018). "'Gomorrah' Team Underway On Cocaine Crime Series 'ZeroZeroZero' With Andrea Riseborough, Dane DeHaan, Gabriel Byrne".
  4. ^ "ZeroZeroZero by Roberto Saviano: 9780143109372 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books". PenguinRandomhouse.com. Retrieved 2021-04-25.
  5. ^ Rantala, Hanna (5 September 2019). "'ZeroZeroZero' takes bleak look at cocaine trade in Saviano book adaptation". Reuters. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  6. ^ a b Buonocore, Mattia (15 February 2020). "Ascolti TV – Venerdì 14 febbraio 2020. Boom Panariello, Conti, Pieraccioni (25.6%), GF Vip 18.7%. Crolla The Good Doctor 5.8%". DavideMaggio.it (in Italian). Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  7. ^ a b Fabbretti, Fabio (22 February 2020). "Ascolti TV – Venerdì 21 febbraio 2020. La Corrida (4,2 mln – 19.7%) batte il Grande Fratello Vip (3,1 mln – 18.5%)". DavideMaggio.it (in Italian). Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  8. ^ a b Buonocore, Mattia (29 February 2020). "Ascolti TV – Venerdì 28 febbraio 2020. La Corrida 18.7% – 4,2 mln, Amici 19.82% – 3,8 mln". DavideMaggio.it (in Italian). Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  9. ^ a b Buonocore, Mattia (7 March 2020). "Ascolti TV – Venerdì 6 marzo 2020. Amici 19.9% – 3,7 mln. Porta a Porta 14.1% – 3,3 mln. La finale di IGT 6.8% su Tv8". DavideMaggio.it (in Italian). Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  10. ^ a b "VIDEO: Amazon Prime Video to Premiere ZEROZEROZERO on March 6". BroadwayWorld. 6 February 2020. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  11. ^ Belzamine, Ludovic (24 February 2020). "ZEROZEROZERO: La nouvelle création originale Canal+ arrive à partir du 9 mars". megazap.fr (in French). Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  12. ^ "ZeroZeroZero". Sky.de. Archived from the original on 19 February 2020. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  13. ^ "Acclaimed crime drama 'ZeroZeroZero' is coming to SBS and SBS On Demand". SBS.com.
  14. ^ Munn, Patrick (22 January 2021). "Sky Atlantic Sets UK Premiere Date For 'ZeroZeroZero'". TV Wise. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  15. ^ Bylykbashi, Kaltrina (17 October 2018). "HBO Europe acquires Studiocanal drama ZeroZeroZero". Television Business International. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  16. ^ Vik, Sigurd (13 February 2020). "Zero Zero Zero S01". P3 (in Norwegian). Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  17. ^ "ZEROZEROZERO: SEASON 1 (2020)," Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  18. ^ Allen, Nick. "TV/Streaming: Amazon Prime's Addictive Thriller ZeroZeroZero Depicts a Global Drug Deal Gone Wrong," RogerEbert.com (March 05, 2020).
  19. ^ Hale, Mike. "Missing ‘Gomorrah'? Watch This: While we wait for new seasons of TV's best mafia drama, Amazon Prime Video offers a reasonable facsimile with the globe-trotting thriller 'Zerozerozero,'" New York Times (March 5, 2020).
  20. ^ Fienberg, Daniel. "TV: 'ZeroZeroZero': TV Review," The Hollywood Reporter (March 6, 2020).
  21. ^ Ede, Christiane. "Mogwai To Release 'ZeroZeroZero' Soundtrack". The Quietus. Retrieved 1 May 2020.

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