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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 44 wins & 59 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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

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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:

Turkey | France | Germany | 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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Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of France for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 88th Academy Awards in 2016. 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

Lale: The house became a wife factory that we never came out of.
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Connections

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

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Yüksek Yüksek Tepeler
(Anonymous)
Performed by Selim Sesler
© Public Domain
(p) 2006 Pozitif Müzik Yamm
Label: Doublemoon Records / www.doublemoon.com.tr
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Coming of age feminist fairy tale.
27 September 2015 | by ClaraBosswaldSee all my reviews

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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