Who Were We Running From? (Biz Kimden Kaçiyorduk Anne?) is a Turkish series directed by Umut Aral and Gökçen Usta Çaylar, starring Melisa Sözen. It is based on the novel by Perihan Magden.
A Turkish series that seems to want to set itself apart from the monotonous plot landscape carved out by the Turkish industry: this is an elegant thriller, it’s well produced and contains irony aplenty where the plot and the aesthetic are concerned.
As our friends at Decider say: is it worth giving it a chance? Yes, it certainly is.
About the Series
A thriller that starts exceptionally well and that knows how to become the most Hollywood thriller in all its vital facets: and that without resorting to slyness, it has a plot that draws you in from the first minute and that does not let itself get bogged down on sentimental grounds. Irony, good taste with a sense of refinement, and with Shostakovich‘s music as the perfect accompaniment.
A series that is more than well developed on a rhythmic level and that counts on an exceptional Melisa Sözen, who plays the role of femme fatale (until she stops being one) wonderfully. The suspense is well introduced, the plot plays out how it should and the inner workings of all good thrillers are well-oiled: mystery, past and a little action here and there that, with well-constructed characters, give us this good series that, this time, we do recommend.
Full of references, classic to the core, with the right touch of originality, without risking too much, knowing how to stay in the genre.
It delivers what it promises, and if you want a well-produced (Turkish) series, elegantly made and with mysteries to discover, “Who Were We Running From?” is the perfect opportunity to forget everything.
March 24, 2023
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An enigmatic mother and daughter check into a luxury hotel, but despite their efforts to lay low, they spark curiosity among the staff and guests.
Faced with her daughter’s difficult questions, the mother relives bittersweet memories. The duo spend a day separately – and in distress.
With the police on their trail, the mother and daughter remember their promise to each other. The daughter overhears a disturbing conversation.
The mother recalls her conflicted emotions after giving birth and devises a plan to evade the police as she and her daughter prepare for a long trip.
A visit to the bank ends in a bold escape. A relative talks to the police about the mother’s past. Broke and desperate, the mother ponders a solution.
The duo avoids a trap. As the mother confronts her father, the daughter commits a shocking act. Damning evidence emerges at several murder scenes.
The mother tries another way to get money. With the police closing in on them, the duo flees once again in what could be their final attempt to run.
Who Were We Running From?
Name: Biz Kimden Kaçiyorduk Anne?
Description: Hiding a mysterious past, a mother lives like a nameless fugitive with her daughter as they make hotels their home and see everyone else as a threat.
Director(s): Umut Aral, Gökçen Usta Çaylar
Writer(s): Ertan Kurtulan
Cinematography: Burak Kanbir, Gözde Koyuncu
Music: Ahmet Kenan Bilgic
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Actor(s): Melisa Sözen, Eylül Tumbar, Devrim Kabacaoglu, Buçe Buse Kahraman, Kubilay Tunçer, Birand Tunca, Dias Tussupbekov
Companies: 1441 Productions, Netflix