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8.2
/10
3,588 Ratings

Mustang

Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven
France, Turkey, 2015
Drama

Synopsis

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.

Our take

One of the most successful debuts of recent time, Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s empowering, feminist tale of five tenacious sisters’ quest for freedom is intelligently personal and political—a new coming-of-age classic that explores the tension between tradition and progress amindst patriarchal oppression.

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

The script is a masterclass in lean storytelling. Sorrow is expressed sparingly, and often dashed with a stoic sense of humour.
May 11, 2016
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Its demonic energy and radiance: This is what Mustang will be remembered for in the future. All of the big political generalizations people tend to make in relation to this film are clouded by the way Ergüven locks up her wild characters inside the film frame. As the level of their confinement increases, the girls’ struggles for liberation seem all the more touching.
April 07, 2016
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Ms. Ergüven brings deft timing and an unapologetic appreciation of beauty to the story.
November 19, 2015
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