The Club series studies a relationship between a mother and daughter after they are reunited after 17 years. The only thing that is constant here is the quality of the writing. There are several themes explored throughout the story. All handled with great care and depth.
Major cast members of the show includes Gökçe Bahadir (Matilda), Asude Kalebek (Rasel), Baris Arduç (Ismet) and Firat Tanis (Çelebi), alongside other cast members.
– The Club review does not contain any spoilers –
The Club- A Cosmopolitan Retelling of Mother-Daughter Ties
The first part is about how they find each other again. It is also about how they keep seeing each other again, even when the odds are stacked against them. The plot explores what happens when they no longer need each other but still want to be near each other.
The storylines are well written and engage you to watch more, even though there is no real mystery here, just the slow development of the characters and their lives. It is a series that explores the relationship between an estranged mother and daughter who come to terms with their past and begin to heal.
The writing is excellent and well-researched. There are many layers to this story that are gradually revealed through flashbacks that various characters tell in different ways throughout the series.
What I love about this series is that it contains all the elements that appeal to me in fiction: romance, friendship, betrayal, family drama, tragedy and mystery. It’s also effortless to watch. I was able to devour it all.
The Club is Home to a Full Wave of Emotions Captured in the Nuances
While The Club is a Turkish-language drama, it’s no surprise that the show has been picked up for distribution by Netflix. The series’ production values are high, and its local roots give it a distinctive appeal.
Set in 1950s Istanbul, the show has a raw appeal and an intrinsic depth in the character arc. The series focuses on the relationships between the main characters- the mother playing a seamstress and the daughter. They never knew about the existence of her mother until she appeared in front of her.
The story itself is fascinating with no redundancy whatsoever. It doesn’t grapple with the subject of the show, which is the overwhelming reunion inundated with the truths laid bare by the mother as she confronts her daughter and the life in her absence.
The series is outstanding, the story is exciting, and the acting is terrific. The viewer watches as both mother and daughter learn to trust each other again after 17 years apart. Watching it left me with more questions than answers, but I’m intrigued enough to keep watching. It’s based on a true story, after all.
Characterization and Storytelling at Its Peak in The Club Narrative
The main characters are alike in that they both can’t entirely forget the past, but their personalities are different enough that they don’t get along very well.
The overall arc of the series is well done, and the performances are strong throughout. The direction is excellent, and the production values are incredibly high. The writing is well-done but not exceptional; it’s a little dramatic in places, and the dialogue is often a bit wooden.
I don’t want to go into the storyline too much because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it, but I can say that I was hooked after episode one. The first episode is a bit slow, but after that, it hits its stride. There are emotional highs and lows throughout, some more extreme than others, but this series has an emotional impact on the audience.
The cinematography is excellent, and the music is perfect for this type of show.
The characters are all genuine feeling people with real problems. They are not perfect people by any means, but they are all good people who make mistakes, including the mother/daughter pair at the centre of this story.
Estrangement and Resolute Will at the Core of The Club Storytelling
The show handles the mature subject matter with humour and drama throughout, making for some exciting viewing.
I enjoyed every minute detail leading to the big reveal. Interspersed between each episode are little nuggets of wisdom from the characters about successfully navigating life’s twists and turns because everyone has been there before.
It helps you understand why they are here and what makes them tick. And the writer helps to put a face on these individuals by revealing their inner thoughts and feelings, concerns, fears, hopes and dreams, loves and losses.
They learn how to live without revealing too much about themselves as they try to cope with their pasts and each other’s expectations. Truly a hidden gem in the long list of shows released on Netflix.
Stream It or Skip It?
The Club Part One is an exciting series with a lot of good parts. It’s based on a true story, and I think it’s a great way to learn more about the country from which it originates. The cast is impressive in playing their roles and make an intriguing set when woven into the plot together.
As far as the story goes, I think it has a lot of meat to it. It is exciting to see how the mother-daughter duo who share a similar past react differently to their circumstances. I also thought that the flashbacks were done well and helped add more depth into their current situation and relationship.
The Club is streaming on Netflix.