A Round of Applause

A Round of Applause

A disgruntled fetus refuses to be born in this strange, existential comedy miniseries

7.4

TV Show

Turkey
Turkish
Drama
2024
BERKUN OYA
Aslihan Gurbuz, Cihat Süvarioğlu, Fatih Artman

TLDR

It’s just so, so weird.

What it's about

Metin misses his past life as orange pulp, but despite the existential angst, trauma, and his general reluctance, he leaves the womb and is born to his parents Mehmet and Zeynep.

The take

A Round of Applause is just so darn weird. We’ve seen stories about people remembering their past lives, but we’ve never seen them able to recall and yearn for their life as pulp in an orange, of all things. We’ve seen fetuses as characters, but we’ve never seen them as a neurotic chainsmoker, tugging at the umbilical cord in complaint. These strange, existential ideas get to amusingly absurd paths, leading to punchlines that aren't expected but pulls out unexpected laughter while making us contemplate the lives we're currently living. Even if the offbeat humor isn’t to your taste, A Round of Applause just feels so original that it’s worth a look.

What stands out

The existentialist material is already pretty funny, but there’s something inherently hilarious in the delivery of certain jokes, like Kudret’s varying voice pitch, as well as the silly impersonations of modern day behavior.

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