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Losers' Club (2011)

Kaybedenler Kulübü (original title)
Kaan and Mete, co-hosts of a mid 1990s radio show called Kaybedenler Kulübü (Losers' Club), struggle to deal with their daily lives after their show becomes an instant hit. Kaan meets ... See full summary »

Director:

Tolga Örnek

Writers:

Tolga Örnek, Mehmet Ada Öztekin (as Mehmet A. Öztekin)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nejat Isler ... Kaan
Yigit Özsener ... Mete
Ahu Türkpençe ... Zeynep
Idil Firat Idil Firat ... Asli
Riza Kocaoglu ... Murat
Serra Yilmaz Serra Yilmaz ... Mother
Cengiz Bozkurt ... Yilmaz
Baris Bagci Baris Bagci ... Devrim
Safak Baskaya ... Brit
Erdal Küçükkömürcü Erdal Küçükkömürcü ... Kusbeyin
Sirin Kilavuz Sevinç Sirin Kilavuz Sevinç ... Selin (as Sirin Kilavuz)
Giray Altinok Giray Altinok ... Ressam Hakan
Açelya Özcan ... Mete's Darling
Onur Ünsal Onur Ünsal ... Partideki Genç
Kubilay Tok Kubilay Tok ... Radio Audience #3 (voice)
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Storyline

Kaan and Mete, co-hosts of a mid 1990s radio show called Kaybedenler Kulübü (Losers' Club), struggle to deal with their daily lives after their show becomes an instant hit. Kaan meets Zeynep, the girl of his dreams, but their relationship comes under pressure as the show continues to stir controversy and attract fans from every segment of Istanbul society. Written by scaryofmonsters

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Turkey

Language:

Turkish

Release Date:

25 March 2011 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Clubul rataţilor See more »

Filming Locations:

Kadiköy, Istanbul, Turkey

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$2,692,857
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Ekip Film, Tiglon See more »
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Trivia

The radio program and the hosts are actually real. In the 90's they hosted a radio program on Kent FM as in the film and they were using the same language as they use in the film. See more »

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Referenced in Leyla and Mecnun: Tarihler Arasi Yolculuk (2012) See more »

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So-So Analysis of Meaningless Lives in Mid-90s İstanbul
6 March 2016 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

KAYBEDENLER KÜLÜBÜ (THE LOSERS' CLUB) is director Tolga Örnek's contribution to the cycle of contemporary Turkish films criticizing contemporary life in the metropolis. Others include Çağan Irmak's ISSIZ ADAM (ALONE) (2008) and Zeki Debirkubuz's Dark Tales trilogy of YAZGI, İTİRAF and MASUMİYET.

Örnek's film concentrates on a pair of single men, Mete (Yiğit Özsener) and Kaan (Nejat İsler) whose day-jobs are far from fulfilling: Mete spends much of his time in bars, collecting vinyl LPs, or talking to his mother (Serra Yılmaz), while Kaan runs a publishing house issuing coffee-table books that seldom sell. The two men have a thrice- weekly radio show "The Losers' Club" on Kent FM, an independent radio station, where they talk mostly about sex and existentialism, with sex assuming most importance. From modest beginnings the show becomes a cult hit, reaching No. 1 in the charts with a devoted listenership of people from all walks of life - learners, single men, potential suicide victims, artists.

Yet despite their aural celebrity, Kaan and Mete lead empty lives, comprised mostly of casual pick-ups, drinking in bars, and pretending to work. Their radio show might be popular, but they do not seem to derive any pleasure from it - apart from a misogynist delight in persuading their female listeners to reveal their sexual secrets on air.

Örnek's cinematic style in this film is very different from his previous work. He makes extensive use of the split screen technique, interspersed with sequences comprised of fast cuts and the use of subtitles to highlight some of the characters' dialogue. Such techniques are redolent of American and British films from the so-called "Swinging Sixties," where such techniques illustrated the new-found freedoms - cinematic as well as sexual - enjoyed by young people at that time. In KAYBEDENLER KÜLÜBÜ these techniques emphasize the artificiality of the protagonists' lives; there is nothing beneath the surface of either of them.

This emptiness is also evident in their radio show: much of the existential chat is pure bunkum, incomprehensible to most of the listeners. The reason why the show becomes such a cult is because of its unpredictability: the two presenters are continually challenging the borders of acceptability, much to the station controller Aslı's (İdil Fırat's) chagrin.

While KAYBEDENLER KÜLÜBÜ is obviously concerned to make social criticisms, its plot in truth is quite slight: perhaps the film could have benefited from a shorter running-time. Örnek's characterization is also quite weak; we learn little about the protagonists' off-air existence, except for their fondness for alcohol and sex. Perhaps less time could have been spent on the use of ostentatious cinematic devices and more on developing the script in greater depth.


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