I just started watching, Gypsy, on netflix a few days ago. The blurb for description was a bit ambiguous, but it was enough to give it a try. Here I am, 4 episodes into it.
Naomi Watts plays the role of Jean Holloway, a psychotherapist and also the wife of successful businessman, Michael Holloway, played by Billy Crudup, as well as the mother of 9 year-old daughter, Dolly, played by adorable Maren Heary. She has a mother, friends, acquaintances, a home, an office, and a neighborhood.
Similar to the seemingly ordinary landscape in the opening scene of Blue Velvet, Gypsy goes where no series or movie has gone before. To the main character, her job doesn’t end at 5pm. She is on the clock 24/7. What is important to understand about the premise of the film is that it would and could never happen in real life — or let’s hope not anyway! — which makes it a perfect fantasy to indulge in. The lead character decides to get an insider’s look into the lives of her clients. Her professional exploits are titillating. She’s a voyeur but then she is more.
What really knocks my socks off is the relationship Jean shares with her husband. This is the real meat and potatoes of the show. The dialogue between them is intelligent and insightful. They are plausible as real people, living real lives. As fantasy intersects reality, things get real interesting.