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Mustang -- 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.


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Deniz Gamze Ergüven (written by) &
Alice Winocour (written by)
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Release Date:
17 June 2015 (France) See more »
Their spirit would never be broken
When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Coming of age feminist fairy tale. See more (49 total) »


  (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

Erol Afsin ... Osman
Suzanne Marrot ... Aunt Hanife
Serife Kara ... The Great-Aunt
Aynur Komecoglu ... Aunt Emine
Sevval Aydin ... Erin
Enes Sürüm ... Ekin
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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexual content and a rude gesture
97 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »

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Director/writer Deniz Gamze Ergüven met her co-writer Alice Winocour at the Cannes Film Festival's Atelier for beginner film makers where they were the only two women attending the program. Ergüven was there to work on a film entitled "Kings" about the LA riots. After she failed to attract producers and financiers Winocour suggested Ergüven should do a smaller scale movie to prove that she was capable of directing. Together they started working on Mustang (2015).See more »
Factual errors: Lale mentions to his uncle that she wants to go to a quarter final match in Super Leauge. In Turkish Super League, there is no such thing as quarter finals. It has a point system.See more »
Selma:If you try to marry me off I'll scream.
Selma:Everything changed in a blink of an eye.
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Featured in 73rd Golden Globe Awards (2016) (TV)See more »
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82 out of 106 people found the following review useful.
Coming of age feminist fairy tale., 27 September 2015
Author: ClaraBosswald

Mustang is a Turkish movie inspired by Sofia Coppola's Virgin Suicides. It takes place in a remote village in Turkey and follows the story of five sisters whose very conservative family slowly takes away all forms of 'perversion' away from them in order to make them 'suitable wives'.

The movie doesn't beat you over the head with its feminist message but lets the drama unfold naturally. The tone is surprisingly sweet and even funny in places for a movie with such a subject matter. First time director Deniz Gamze Ergüven has a strong grip on tone; she never allows the movie to become too gritty for its own good. The girls are not defined by the plot like it's often the case with this type of movies; they have moments of laughs and happiness which never undermine the seriousness of the subject matter.

The performances from the lead actresses are phenomenal. The youngest girl blew me away - not once do you feel like she's acting. Their performances is what make them so distinctive from each other and not just stand-ins for Oppressed Muslim Girls TM like it's often the case.

Mustang is easily one of the best feminist movies of the year, proudly sitting next to The Diary of a Teenage Girl. It's sincere and heartfelt, it's not preachy but honest and it shows great premise for the future of its director. Don't miss it!

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