Narrated by Lale, the youngest of five orphaned sisters living in a small community "1,000 miles from Istanbul," Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s spirited and moving debut tells of the fallout when the sisters’ harmless horseplay on the beach with a group of boys is misinterpreted as some form of sexual adventurism by the adults charged with raising them "correctly."
Those adults are led by the sisters’ grandmother, their primary caregiver, who is determined to keep the sisters "intact" and eligible for a good marriage, i.e. one in which she picks the time, place and eligible male. Egged on by the girls’ uncle—and despite the girls’ vehement denials of any improper behaviour—Grandma locks them up, determined to keep them that way until they are married off. But the sisters are determined to fight back…
Evocative of both The Virgin Suicides and Lorca’s House of Bernarda Alba, this (French-made) Turkish drama is rich in character, nuance and beauty. Mustang has won international acclaim everywhere it has shown.
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"First-time feature director Deniz Gamze Ergüven has crafted a story of female empowerment which is attuned to the buoyancy of adolescence, but she’s also deeply critical of a modern Turkish patriarchy in which women still struggle to be equal citizens. Mustang is a deceptively simple tale bearing an urgent message." Tim Grierson, Screen
"Stunning." Nicholas Rapold, New York Times
"A moving portrait of sisterhood, a celebration of a fierce femininity and a damning indictment of patriarchal systems that seek to destroy and control this spirit." Katie Walsh, LA Times