Monday, 25 July 2016

MOVIE MONDAY - BIR ÇOCUK SEVDIM

“Vulnerability is the essence of romance. It’s the art of being uncalculated, the willingness to look foolish, the courage to say, ‘This is me, and I’m interested in you enough to show you my flaws with the hope that you may embrace me for all that I am but, more important, all that I am not.’ ” Ashton Kutcher

We have finished watching a 2011 Turkish TV series called “Bir Çocuk Sevdim” (literally “A Child I Loved”, but it could be also interpreted “A Girl I Loved” or “A Boy I Loved”). This was a well-produced and well-acted show with a host of talented stars and supporting cast. There were veteran actors like Çetin Tekindor and Bülent Inal, but also new talents like Gulcan Arslan making her TV debut in the starring role and Hakan Kurtas, the young male lead. We particularly enjoyed the performance of Sefika Tolun as the mother, Arzu Gamze Kilinç as the politically active aunt, Onuryay Evrentan as the psychologically challenged sister and the very talented youngster Ilayda Alisan. The series is set in Istanbul and there are many gorgeous external shots of this beautiful city making for some memorable scenes.

The plot is familiar enough for watchers of TV soaps, but there are several interesting subplots, which are developed well. The unfortunate thing about it is that the series finished abruptly (presumably because the plug was pulled) and the last episode finishes with a couple of cliff-hangers that are not resolved. Despite of its good quality of production and acting, the ratings must not have been high enough, or I wonder if the political subplot was one of the reasons that it was stopped…

In a nutshell, this is what it’s about: Turan (Çetin Tekindor) and Esmahan (Sefika Tolun) have three children: Emine the unmarried oldest daughter (Onuryay Evrentan), Erdal, a silly son (Ulas Torun) and Mine, the younger daughter (Gulcan Arslan) who is beautiful, clever and romantic. They seem to have a happy lower middle class family, notwithstanding some issues arising from Emine being jealous of Mine and being unable to get married. Mine is in love with Sinan (Hakan Kurtas), a young man from a rich family. Mine gets pregnant with Sinan’s baby and his parents send him away to the USA before he finds out about it, while Mine thinks he has abandoned her. Although Sinan tries to contact Mine, Emine scuttles this attempt.

Mine’s father is furious with his young daughter and conscious of the family’s reputation confines her to her room. His boss, the successful car dealer Timur (Bülent Inal) falls in love with Mine and proposes marriage, promising to look after her and the baby and telling Mine he does not expect her to share his bed. She accepts and she moves into his house having a separate locked bedroom. Timur has a teenage daughter, Merve (Ilayda Alisan) who resents Mine moving in and who proceeds to make life difficult for her.

The two important subplots centre on Mine’s aunt Sureya (Arzu Gamze Kilinç) who has lost her political insurgent husband after he was arrested for anti-government activities, and Emine the older sister who everyone takes for granted and acts like a spinster. Sureya’s search for her husband (or his grave) raises the issue of political freedom in Turkey and this may not have made the series too popular with government agencies. Emine’s transformation from a “spinster” to a predatory “vamp” is quite interesting to watch, and she plays the psychologically disturbed woman magnificently. A third thread in the plot follows the relationship of Mine’s father and mother and how they fare with the strains of having to deal with Mine’s (and Emine’s!) lapses from “socially acceptable” behaviour.

The Ibsen triangle of Mine, Timur and Sinan is interesting to observe, as is Mine’s transformation from a simple, romantic young girl into a mature, realistic and deeper thinking woman. Sinan, as the victim of a plot to foil his love and separate him from his son, is perhaps the most innocent of all the characters, but he remains relatively immature and perhaps the most devoted to the ideals of romantic first love. Timur as the worldly older man who nevertheless is not only in love, but loves Mine, will stop at nothing to ensure her happiness. He nevertheless does believe in the maxim “all’s fair in love and war”.

We enjoyed watching this series but the last (78th) episode was a little disappointing in that it prepared the ground for a second season that was never made. As I have written here previously, the Turkish TV series industry is fiercely competitive and the rating system is uncompromising as to dictating the fate of the shows that progress to multi-season hits.

32 comments:

  1. But there is a scene where Mine is getting married to Timur. She is dressed in white and they both are very happy. Is this season 2?

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  2. As far as I know it ends with their wedding and Merve's mum ( which we never see her identity) walking in the moment Timur is about to say "yes". Super disappointed to end here. It fet as a cliffhanger but there is no second season.
    It should be warned whwn you start seeing it. Its a great story nonetheless.

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    1. I just finished watching it and am so disappointed it stopped at episode 79. There are so many questions to be answered. Yes more than a few cliffhanges. Turkish dramas are well produced and the actors never disappoint.

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  3. I'm very disappointed too for the show not having season 2 is there a book?

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  4. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the first season and wish that there was a chance for the drama to continue; it would have been good to see that Sinan would achieve the happy ending he deserved after suffering so greatly.

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  5. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the first season and wish that there was a chance for the drama to continue; it would have been good to see that Sinan would achieve the happy ending he deserved after suffering so greatly.

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  6. I is sad to say that I was truely disappointed withthis ending. Second time I watch a Turkish Drama series that ends like this. Is this normal. I so wanted to see a better ending. :(

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    1. I do not believe it ended, for some reason they did not complete production, possibly because of finances

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  7. I have some memories of having seen this production before Netflix got it, and it continues developing these issues. I have some memories of Timur helping Sinan with new problems with Demir, and am under the impression that Timur gives up upon Mine after realizing she is still really in love with Sinan. I think this is a problem with Netflix's getting distribution rights, and not having the whole production available.

    By the way, I agree with you that Sinan shows the most honest, innocent love, but you consider this to be immature love. Timur's love is controlling, egocentric, and manipulative. I would not consider this to be mature love... I would not even consider it to be love at all! For Timur life itself is just a game of probabilities! He uses dice to resolve on highly important issues in his life and others. Disgusting!!!

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  8. I watched this series three times. I hope there will be Season 2. Who shot Sinan, and who is the mother?

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  9. So sad there is no season two!! Loved this show but has left me with so many gaps! Did Sinan live after he is shot? Did Mine and Timur get married? Who is Merves mother and why she appears now? Please make season two!!!

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  10. I'm so sad that there was no second season, It was a god production. I looked at the last episode again and it looks like Sinan was shot by crazy Darien, you see a woman in high heels walking away. Also looks like they did not get married we don't see Timur saying Yes. The plots were well done but I could do without the crazy irritating brother. He's a total annoyance and took up too much screen time. I loved, loved, loved the young actor who played Hassan, what a cutie.

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  11. Where did Timur disappear for half an hour during the wedding? Did he shoot Sinan? Or it could have been Derin whose legs we see with the high heels. But the legs were probably meant to be of Merve's mother back from the dead. Also it was probably not Derin, as the gun that was shown had a man's hand holding it. It could have been the rough uncle of the sweet little girl whom Sinan was sheltering along with the young mother.
    And what was the bloke Memo up to? Uff, so many questions all left unanswered.....not fair, where such excellent acting on everyone's part got us hooked. I also wondered why Funda's mother completely disappeared?! Come on, give some answers - bring on Season 2 quickly. Or is this something we just have to swallow as an unfinished story? No please!! I agree also with Rosangelly that Sinan's was the purest most mature love. I stopped liking the character of Timur and even felt upset at Mine - how could her big love change?? How interesting this drama was. Emine's acting is just superb.

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    1. I totally agree with you! They can't leave us hanging like that... Mine and Sinan belonged together no matter what. When Mine got back with Sinan, she was genuinely happy. And I think she went back to Timur out of guilt. I hope they make a season 2 where Mine and Sinan finally become one!

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  12. It is inexcusable that the show ended in such a manner! While the viewer based rating system is no news for televisions everywhere, with Turkey being no exception, I still think the ending was incomplete and even offensive to the viewer who stayed with the show until the end. If the ratings dictated if there will be a second season or not, this decision shouldn't have come abruptly therefore a better final episode should have been created to tie all ends. The last episode was an opening for a second eason that will never come! Nobody from the production team new it will end?!

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  13. I just finished the 79 episodes on Netflix and could not be any more disturbed!! I wasted all that time to have this abrupt incomplete ending Wth!

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  14. I loved this series but I like everyone else want to see the next season .Why have they left it incomplete with so many questions.Plz plz Netflix finance the next season of this hugely popular series.

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  15. If there is no Season 2 they should release the screen play for viewers to see the ending. The cast of actors were amazing.I especially think the little boy Hassan was an remarkable actor. I guess everyone has a different perspective on who Mine should be with. I likes she stayed with Timur. It showed that she advanced from a younger love to a mature one. Although Timur had some questionable moments he let her be and set her free. She came back to him because she realized she loved him. I saw Sinan as eratic and immature.i think Timur ex wife left him and he went to confront her that night. But I think that the one that shot Sinan was his own father. He was crazy and warned Sinan he'd regret it. I guess we can make up our own ending. Love watching the Turkish films.

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  16. So sad no season 2. Poor Sinan I think it was either his Father or Derin. Did he live? Will Emine jump in the pool? Does Timur still love his wife? Will him story be she was list and she found him like Sinan and Mine? So many questions please have a heart and make season 2!

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  17. I am missing the show already, would be nice if season 2 would be available. however, still enjoyed, cried, laughed, cried. I went through every emotion, especially with Timur and Sinan and their heartbreak over Mine. for my part, loved the way she realized she loved Timur and his understated joy when she came to him! stupid ex girlfriend interrupting them when they would finally consummate!! thought Mine's playfulness & flirtatiousness with Timur fun and wanted more! oh now I have different expectations of a man!

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  18. I was puzzled at that end! That's not even an end! I think that Sinan was shot by Derin, she was going to get revenge from him. Another Turkish disappointment for me! :(

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  19. this is the 2nd turkish soap which had an abrupt ending. the first one was "Intersection".
    I'll have to really read reviews before i even watch the next one.

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  20. I guess since this was a 2011 production there definitely wont be another series. I am on episode 31, and love it so far. NJ- did you realize that Mine's little boy Hasan is also the same little boy in Intersection??

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  21. I just finished watching it and all i can say is im lost...wth!!!! I wanna cry!!!😢what a waste of time. I have mixed feelings right now😣🤔😢😖😲😡😠

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  22. This series was great but I do understand why they never made a second series. The plot was good, but it seemed like it was written by an amateur.

    The drama needed to be better. Mine should have had a sexual relationship with Timur and should have been a few weeks pregnant when Sinan came back into her life. It would have made the love triangle much more emotional.
    Emine’s imaginary boyfriend Selim should have been introduced to us sooner so that “he” could have wreaked havoc.
    Funda’s mother had a love affair when she was younger and Bekir was her biological father, but nobody knew until Sinan found the secret information.
    Sinan was secretly adopted. He was the love child of Sebahat and her ex, Hasan.
    Derin was Timur’s ex-wife’s daughter (with another man) and she was the only person that knew her mom is alive.
    Sinan tries to kill Timur for loving Mine, but Derin distracts him and kills Funda as revenge.
    Mine goes back and forth.
    And the ending as it is, she chooses Timur and his ex shows up at the wedding.

    I wonder if they can make a spin-off.

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    1. I think the wires were crossed too many times in your version. But FanFic would have a field day with this story - I can immediately imagine the plot!

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  23. Also, Sinan should have been played by a different actor. He is not handsome enough for that role. A similiar movie, Al Yazmalim, the boyfriend was Seckin Ozdemin. His charming and dreamy looks made the movie better.

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    1. Enter the timeframe and you will see that he is the Turkish Rob Pattinson and Mine is the Turkish K Stew. The Twilight look was very 'in' at the time, but his styling, the hair, the omg.... let's not go further, I'm very, very disappointed

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  24. First of all, if it is an incomplete series with no book to indicate to the viewers what happened in the unpublished episodes, then Netflix should scrap it. It is a waste of time. Secondly, when you watch for 79 very slow episodes with an incredible amount of flashbacks, romantic dreaming, etc, you would like to get to the point at some stage. I can literally break something right now. I mean... I know we are talking Turkish drama which is a bit less carnal than Western TV shows, but not even ONE decent kiss?????? Hell... I've lived to be 55 and not see these two kiss.... says a lot about my life with Netflix.... DO NOT WATCH THIS DAMN SHOW!! It's frustrating, it's disappointing and it is very slow. I thought at least see the damn wedding, see the baby (boy or girl from Funda and Erdal) being born, see where Papa and Mama go.... but nah, we have to see Emine's fake lover instead. I could streamline this show in a very short, very nail biting 5 episode drama - just give me the job.

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