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Mustang

  • Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Rating: NR
  • Language: Turkish
  • Running Time: 97 min.

It’s the beginning of the summer. In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters come home from school, innocently playing with boys. The supposed debauchery of their games causes a scandal with unintended consequences. The family home slowly turns into a prison, classes on housework and cooking replace school, and marriages begin to be arranged. The five sisters, driven by the same desire for freedom, fight back against the limits imposed on them. [Cohen Media Group]

""Mustang" is the début feature of Deniz Gamze Ergüven, and it's quite something: a coming-of-age fable mapped onto a prison break, at once dream-hazed and sharp-edged with suspense."
- Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Part of a welcome international wave of films made by women directors that focus on girls growing up in worlds of men - and on what they look like when no one's looking."
- Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"A gripping mix of comedy, tragedy, political anger and, despite everything, hope."
- Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"It's 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, Los Angeles Times
"It’s not hard to see why Mustang has been dubbed the “Turkish Virgin Suicides.” Like Sofia Coppola’s dreamy, unsettling 1999 debut, it’s another first film by a young female director that focuses in feverish close-up on the adolescent awakening of five restless, radiant sisters — and the ruin that follows when their family tries to contain it."
- Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

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