What follows over the next seven episodes is Suzie making a procession of ill-advised, harmful decisions, as well as – by the time she reaches Anger and the final episode, Acceptance – some insightful ones.
That might sound grim but I Hate Suzie is scathingly, blackly funny as well as unexpectedly moving, as much an emotional ride for the viewer as it is for Suzie.
Each episode is filmed in a different style, reflecting the ‘‘stages’’. In Fear there’s a horror film motif and others channel soapies and reality genres.
Piper, who is in virtually every scene, often in excruciating, unflattering close-up, is sensational, as is Farzad’s Naomi; the pair’s unhealthy, co-dependent relationship is an integral part of the story. Both have their flaws but Piper’s Suzie, in particular, is as infuriating as she is endearing; she’s high-maintenance, impulsive and selfish, the product of a celebrity world that she begins to question as it fractures around her. Part of the joy in…