Amsterdam comes alive in a mixture of wealth, opulence, control, repression and sensuality in “The Miniaturist,” a three-part miniseries based on Jessie Burton’s bestselling novel, airing Sundays at 8 p.m. on Arizona PBS.
Set in 1686, when the Dutch Republic was one of the world’s richest and religiously zealous nations, “The Miniaturist” captures the paradox of extreme wealth combined with abhorrence of the pleasure that riches make possible.Taylor-Joy plays a young bride who receives mysterious packages from a reclusive maker of miniatures—tiny objects that appear to predict the future. “The Miniaturist” also features Paapa Essiedu, Hayley Squires and Emily Berrington.
Petronella Oortman (played by Taylor-Joy), called “Nella,” is the unwitting victim of this clash of values. A naïve eighteen-year-old from a bankrupt aristocratic family in the provinces, she is wooed by Johannes Brandt (Hassell), a handsome and prosperous merchant looking for a wife. The two wed, but he dispenses with nuptial intimacies to depart immediately on a business trip, arranging for her to join him at his mansion in Amsterdam a few weeks later.
See what happens when a teen bride’s new husband gives her an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet that is a miniature replica of their home that seems to predict and unravel the future with unsettling precision.
Sept. 9 (re-watch on PBS Passport)
Nella marries to rescue her family from financial ruin. Her rich husband is not all she imagined, plus he gives her a very peculiar wedding gift.
Johannes makes a confession to Nella, promising no more secrets but his enemies are already closing in. Otto disappears, and Marin reveals her own secret.
Johannes is on trial for his life. Marin also faces a life-or-death struggle. Nella takes charge of the sugar stockpile and the household.