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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 Günes Sensoy ... Lale
Doga Zeynep Doguslu Doga Zeynep Doguslu ... Nur
Tugba Sunguroglu Tugba Sunguroglu ... Selma
Elit Iscan Elit Iscan ... Ece
Ilayda Akdogan Ilayda Akdogan ... Sonay
Nihal G. Koldas Nihal G. Koldas ... The Grandmother (as Nihal Koldas)
Ayberk Pekcan Ayberk Pekcan ... Erol
Bahar Kerimoglu Bahar Kerimoglu ... Dilek
Burak Yigit Burak Yigit ... Yasin
Erol Afsin ... Osman
Suzanne Marrot Suzanne Marrot ... Aunt Hanife
Serife Kara Serife Kara ... The Great-Aunt
Aynur Komecoglu Aynur Komecoglu ... Aunt Emine
Sevval Aydin Sevval Aydin ... Erin
Enes Sürüm Enes Sürüm ... Ekin
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Storyline

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

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

France | Germany | Turkey | Qatar

Language:

Turkish

Release Date:

17 June 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Mustang: Belleza salvaje See more »

Filming Locations:

Inebolu, Kastamonu, Turkey See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,151, 22 November 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$845,464

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,915,624
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The soccer scene was acted at an actual match where no men above the age of 12 were allowed to attend. Since the filmmakers were denied filming the match at the last minute, they sent the actresses to perform the scene anyway and used actual footage from the broadcast in the film. See more »

Goofs

When the girls go to the football match, the jerseys they are wearing are those of the opposing Galatasaray team and not the local team, Trabzonspor. See more »

Quotes

Selma: I slept with the entire world.
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Connections

Featured in 73rd Golden Globe Awards (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Hopce
Written by Anonymous / Murat Ertel, Levent Akman
Performed by Baba Zula
© Gulbaba Music
(p) 2010 Pozitif Müzik Yapim
Label: Doublemoon Records / www.doublemoon.com.tr
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A great film but a bit overrated
22 December 2015 | by vmilenkovic2005See all my reviews

Even though i assume not many people will read this i'm going to put a disclaimer first. I honestly don't mind if this is a 100% real representation of Turkish culture or not, and it doesn't need to be, no live action film does, this isn't a documentary. Simply put, if it successfully tells a good story then the film did its job and i'm happy with it. Also, i heard many people online hated the movie only because it had some direct feminist themes, the hate is highly undeserved,not only because that isn't a valid enough reason, but because the film doesn't bang you over the head with its messages, and there are many more universal themes weaved in the narrative structure of the film. Now that thats out of the way lets get into the review.

The film tells the tale about five young free spirited sisters living in a conservative Turkish household, and the friction regarding the relationship between them and their uncle and grandmother. it's a touching story about the generational gap that exists between them, and the need for the sisters to find their place in life that isn't determined by their family. Technical aspects of the film are quite superb, to my eye the editing was professional, and the cinematography beautiful, the sombre soundtrack goes hand in hand with the story of the film, and the acting was at least as far ass i could tell very good, although i cant be sure since i don't speak Turkish. One of the first things i noticed when i watched the film is that the family relations depicted in the film bear a striking resemblance to an old conservative Serbian family, which doesn't come as a big surprise since the Turks practically ruled our lands for five centuries, and that is one of the main reasons i would recommend this to anyone who was raised in a Balkan country which was occupied by the Turks, because i think they will find some interesting parallels.

What bothered me the most about the film was the fact that certain characters weren't very developed, specifically the teacher, and the driver that frequently helps the younger sister, i simply wished that the script devoted more time to explaining their motivation. Also the ending seamed very unexpected, and not in a good way, it simply wasn't foreshadowed enough for it to be satisfying.

All in all i think this is a worthy contender for the academy award, and it made me very interested in the future career of Deniz Gamze Ergüven, the director of the film, she is a talented woman with a bright future regarding the world of cinema, i wish her the best of luck.


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