Fatma is a Turkish series, which released recently on Netflix. Based on a woman named Fatma played spectacularly by Burcu Biricik, the first episode slowly introduces her to the viewers. Searching for her missing husband and overcome with sorrow for her lost son, Fatma seems to be running corners to make herself heard. She works at multiple places as a cleaner and has a single-handed focus on finding her husband. Soft spoken and overlooked by almost everyone, Fatma is tired and soon decides to take matters into her own hands. Literally. And that’s when the story and series starts to get interesting.
Story & Screenplay
The story oscillates between present, past and flashbacks from Fatma’s childhood. There are small details to be noted everywhere which interlink the story together. The sudden twists and turns will keep you hooked on to Fatma. Every character and episodes are very well written and executed. The by-lanes and city of Istanbul is a perfect backdrop to the story and beautifully captured. The character growth and portrayal of Fatma is exceptional. She is pitiable, dangerous, vulnerable, and smart all at once. Probably one of those serial killers you love to hate. I chose to watch the series in Turkish with English subtitles to get the real feel, but English audio is also available.
All the actors are good and do absolute justice to their respective roles. However, Burcu Biricik as Fatma owns every scene she is part of. An absolute pleasure to watch on screen. Plus, I loved how understated they have kept everything about her. She wears almost the same 2 dresses throughout the series, no ounce of makeup on her skin. You can actually see her pores, and she emotes wonderfully through her beautiful eyes.
If you are into thrillers and serial killers, you should give this series a watch. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. This was my first Turkish series and I must say I am intrigued.
Disclaimer: The above review solely illustrates the views of the writer.