I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE is a miniseries based on Wally Lamb’s one of the best selling novels. This was the second Novel of him, which was published in 1998.
The Novel is directed by Derek Cianfrance, in which the story revolves around Dominick Birdsey, the role played by Mark Ruffalo, who struggles to care for his identical twin brother Thomas Birdsey who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.
In, I know how much is true, the director has actually managed to adapt the Novel in a very natural way for the screen, rather than treating it as a calamity of the Bird’s twin.
The only difference in the series is that in place of lighting armies or facing guards, the story portrays how Dominick and Thomas face their psychological evils and, more importantly, how they handle each other.
Thomas Birdsey, who is suffering from some psychological problem, is able to live his life with medication, in a relative place.
The story of Cianfrance may catch more focus than the source material because Cianfrance has the ability to show viewers the original, ugly, and the true side of today’s life. And this makes his work uncomfortable to see because it has a deep meaning.
He likes to cover the performance of the actors, by choosing to focus on emotions and dialogues, with the help of brilliant camera movements.
Cianfrance presents the painful proof of everyday struggles that everyone suffers throughout life, like some ancient Greek Myths.
In the end, Dominick is able to cope up with considerable losses, failures, and sadness in his personal life and family history.
In 2018 HBO decided to publish six episodes of the series. And on March 1, 2020, they released a teaser trailer of the limited series on YouTube. The series is going to be launched on May 10, 2020.