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1,781 Ratings


Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven
France, Turkey, 2015


In a Turkish village, five orphaned sisters are kept under strict lock and key by their aunt and uncle after an entirely innocent encounter with a group of boys. As marriages start being arranged, the sisters, driven by the same desire for freedom, rebel against the limitations imposed upon them.

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Mustang Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2015 | Winner: Label Europa Cinemas

Academy Awards

2016 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

Independent Spirit Awards

2016 | Nominee: Best International Film

Village Voice Film Poll

2015 | Nominee: Best First Feature

In the midst of last year’s ongoing #OscarsSoWhite debacle, the debut feature from Turkish director Deniz Gamze Ergüven, unfortunately flew under the radar but undoubtedly was one of the most powerful films competing at the 88th Academy Awards. Set against a backdrop of a coastal Turkish village, five orphaned sisters cared for by their grandmother and uncle resist pressures of marriage and appropriate femininity in a stunning coming of age tale.
March 08, 2017
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There are direct references to Don Siegel’s [Escape from Alcatraz]… But the influence is deeper than mere allusion. Mustang emulates Siegel’s miraculous style in Alcatraz, a style that overlays a kind of subjective, free indirect discourse cleaving to the main character, onto the “objective” system of rigid surveillance and physical confinement that blocks every move. In other words, Ergüven’s approach embodies in the film the dialectic between Lale’s free spirit and her restricted body.
August 23, 2016
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With its rooted sense of place and community, and rebellious spirit, this is an accomplished and engaging debut. Writer-director Deniz Gamze Ergüven and her co-writer, Alice Winocour, approach the material with a light touch – the most shocking scenes always take place off-camera – and enough humour to deflate the anger that builds on the girls’ behalf.
May 15, 2016
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