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Mustang (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama | 17 June 2015 (France)
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When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Günes Sensoy ...
Lale
Doga Zeynep Doguslu ...
Nur
Tugba Sunguroglu ...
Selma
Elit Iscan ...
Ece
Ilayda Akdogan ...
Sonay
Nihal G. Koldas ...
The Grandmother
Ayberk Pekcan ...
Erol
Bahar Kerimoglu ...
Dilek
Burak Yigit ...
Yasin
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Osman
Suzanne Marrot ...
Aunt Hanife
Serife Kara ...
The Great-Aunt
Aynur Komecoglu ...
Aunt Emine
Sevval Aydin ...
Erin
Enes Sürüm ...
Ekin
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Early summer. In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. The immorality of their play sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison; instruction in homemaking replaces school and marriages start being arranged. The five sisters who share a common passion for freedom, find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them. Written by Festival de Cannes

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Their spirit would never be broken

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexual content and a rude gesture | See all certifications »

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17 June 2015 (France)  »

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Mustang: Belleza salvaje  »

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Budget:

€1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,151 (USA) (20 November 2015)

Gross:

$835,318 (USA) (8 April 2016)
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IN the scene where the grandma opens the wardrobe, a t-shirt with "#direngezi" hashtag on it is seen. The hashtag is the famous motto for the riots which took place when the government wanted to demolish the "Gezi Park" at the central of Taksim Square. See more »

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Selma: If you try to marry me off I'll scream.
Selma: Everything changed in a blink of an eye.
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important film
23 December 2015 | by (Turkey) – See all my reviews

Mustang tackles with Turkey's most important problem, the issue of woman in society: her secondary place and the patriarchal chains around her, due to culture, politics, religion and socio-economic development. Therefore, the director's effort should be viewed as most welcome and needed attempt. I think the director manages to show the virtual prison experienced by all sort of women in our society, through the case of those sisters.

However, and despite the director's best intention, movie in general fails to deliver an authentic picture of everyday life and details in the country. Oppression of girls and their youthful desires is correctly depicted as a whole, but done in somewhat unrealistic ways. You get the feeling that the director, the script writer, and even the actors remain quite "foreigners" to the situations they are interested. Some are accusing the director as orientalist (playing to Western gaze) because of these failings. I don't agree, but it would be better if they had worked more on the everyday life and details of the countryside where the film occurs (like better local dialogue, better acquaintance of local customs).

In short, I found Mustang a very important movie, but with its own problems. Technically it does not offer something novel, but it is courageous directly to point the gender issue in a very conservative society.


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