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Review of "Ares" 1/25/20 by Suzanne
airs now on Netflix

This is a Dutch series, so you will have to read the subtitles if you're an English speaker (I couldn't see any dubbing option). At the beginning, we see a young woman that joins a mysterious, elite campus group. She goes through hazing and is raped by one of the other students. She kills herself in a very graphic and grisly way at one of the group's events. It's shocking.

Next, a young student, Rosa (Jade Olieberg) who has a mentally ill mother, is intrigued by the group, called Ares. Her male friend, Jacob (Tobias Kersloot) is also in the group, but he doesn't seem to enjoy it. He warns her away from it. They go through some bizarre initation rituals. There is something supernatural about the series because both Rosa and Jacob see a strange, black, oily monster in the basement. (Honestly, it reminded me a little of the Rubber Man in "American Horror Story.")

There have been quite a few new TV series about secret college societies. It remains to be seen whether this one is better than the others or not. Check it out and see for yourself!

MORE INFORMATION:

ARES - THE FIRST DUTCH NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES

STARRING JADE OLIEBERG, TOBIAS KERSLOOT, LISA SMIT, ROBIN BOISSEVAIN AND RIFKA LODEIZEN

Amsterdam -- Feb 12, 2019 -- Filming of Ares, the first Dutch original series, has begun in Amsterdam. The cast includes Jade Olieberg, Tobias Kersloot, Lisa Smit, Robin Boissevain and Frieda Barnhard. The Golden Calf winning actress Rifka Lodeizen plays a supporting role. The series is directed by Giancarlo Sanchez and Michiel ten Horn and script development run by Michael Leendertse. Ares will launch on Netflix in 2019.

The eight episode psychological horror series enters the world of Ares, a secret student society in the heart of Amsterdam where best friends Rosa and Jacob surrender to a world of wealth and power. But slowly they start to realize they’ve entered a demonic place, built on secrets from The Netherlands’ past. A place where true power comes at a terrible price.

Ares is created by production company Pupkin. The series is produced by Pieter Kuijpers (Van God Los, Feuten, TBS), Iris Otten and Sander van Meurs and is written by Winchester McFly (Bankier van het Verzet, Smeris). The complete writing team consists of Michael Leendertse, Thomas van der Ree, Joost Reijmers, Matthijs Bockting, Pieter van den Berg and Sarah Offringa.

The cast of Ares also includes Roos Dickmann, Jip van den Dool, Steef de Bot, Janni Goslinga, Dennis Rudge, Minne Koole, Jennifer Welts and Florence Vos Weeda.

Cast
Jade Olieberg (plays Rosa Steenwijk)
Jade Olieberg debuted in the feature film Hoe overleef ik mezelf?, based on the popular books of Francine Oomen. She also co-starred in the film Summer and the TV film Julia's Hart and played in local TV series such as Ik weet wie je bent, Penoza, Celblok H, Dokter Deen and Van God Los. Jade also played a role in an episode of the American CBS series Ransom in 2018.

Tobias Kersloot (plays Jacob Wessels)
Tobias played in local TV series such as Brussel, Tessa and Klem and local feature films like De Reünie, Publieke Werken and Kappen. Recently he starred in the series Nieuwe Buren and Van God Los – ‘Dienstpistool' for which he was awarded with the FIPA award for Best Male Actor.

Lisa Smit (plays Carmen Zwanenburg)
Lisa started her acting career at the age of 12 in the children’s horror film De Griezelbus. What followed were successful roles in series like Willemspark, Dokter Deen, Max & Billy’s Drill Machine Girl, Project Orpheus and feature films like TBS, Shocking Blue, Lena, Kenau, Redbad and Die Quellen des Lebens. This year she will star in the Dutch film Baantjer and is nominated as Best Actress at the Amsterdam Shortcutz Festival for her role in All the Single Ladies.

Robin Boissevain (plays Roderick van Hall)
Robin Boissevain became known among the bigger audience through his part as David in the youth film Spijt!. Afterwards, he played several roles in TV series such as Gouden Bergen, Flikken Maastricht and Moordvrouw. Robin has also written and directed the film Parnassus and short film Woody Gold. In 2019, Robin will also play a role in the Dutch-Belgian co-production of Grenslanders.

Giancarlo Sanchez (director)
Giancarlo Sánchez won several prizes for his work as a director, including for his graduation project Gameboy. For his film Horizon he won a Golden Calf for Best Television drama in 2016. Sánchez has been part of Superprime Films since 2018. Giancarlo recently directed the successful crime series Mocro Mafia.

Michiel ten Horn (director)
Director and screenwriter Michiel ten Horn debuted with the movie The Deflowering of Eva van End, which had its world premiere at the TIFF. Variety listed him as one of ‘Ten European Directors to Watch’. His second feature The Peter Pan Man (OT: Aanmodderfakker) won several awards, including three Golden Calf Awards for Best Actor, Best Screenplay and Best Film

About Pupkin:
Pupkin is an Amsterdam based independent production company, creating challenging films and TV-series, with a track record creating children’s drama, series for young adults and families. Pupkin is well known for its true-crime drama. Renowned titles are Taart (Penguins and Pastry), Aanmodderfakker (The Peter Pan Man), Smeris (Force), Van God Los (Godforsaken) and Riphagen.

About Netflix:
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