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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 overview, first billed only:
Günes Sensoy Günes Sensoy ... Lale (as Günes Nezihe Sensoy)
Doga Zeynep Doguslu Doga Zeynep Doguslu ... Nur
Tugba Sunguroglu Tugba Sunguroglu ... Selma
Elit Iscan ... Ece
Ilayda Akdogan ... Sonay
Nihal G. Koldas ... The Grandmother (as Nihal Koldas)
Ayberk Pekcan ... Erol
Bahar Kerimoglu Bahar Kerimoglu ... Dilek
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


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



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Elit Iscan was the only one who had acted before this film out of the main five girls. See more »


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 »


Selma: I slept with the entire world.
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Featured in Il était une fois...: Mustang (2018) See more »


Yüksek Yüksek Tepeler
Performed by Selim Sesler
© Public Domain
(p) 2006 Pozitif Müzik Yamm
Label: Doublemoon Records / www.doublemoon.com.tr
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Playground for Sisters is Transformed to Wife Factory
31 January 2016 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

Five sisters play in the sand, sunlight, sea and a grove of apple trees. Because boys are present the innocent play is easily twisted, by an envious conservative busy-body, into something sinister. The orphan girls are reported as "whores." Their caretakers, an uncle and grandmother, are much less concerned about the truth than what the neighbors might say. The girls are confined to their house and relegated to shapeless brown dresses, cooking lessons and virginity tests. Banned items include phones, internet and any item capable of outside communication. Their once beautiful and happy playground on the Black Sea is transformed into a "wife-factory" with bars on the windows. Each girl deals with the physical and emotional imprisonment in different ways, sometimes hopeful and often not. The non-professional actors do really well. The girls are especially good because they gel so well together. On the other hand, some of the scenes and actors seem forced and unrealistic. As usual, this independent and worthy film might have benefited from better support. The film as a whole pulls some punches and risks becoming the Walt Disney of Turkey for its glossy portrayals of serious stuff. Then again, that might be the only way the film could be released widely? The moral here, for the girls' caretakers, is that you are likely to get burned if you fight fire with fire. "Evil must be your only happiness," when you see evil everywhere.

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Release Date:

17 June 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Mustang See more »

Filming Locations:

Inebolu, Kastamonu, Turkey See more »


Box Office


EUR1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,321, 22 November 2015

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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