*5 How in the hell did a first time director pull this off? Her imperfections morphed into beauty as everything came together within this film. The similarities to Sofia's "Virgin Suicides" cannot be denied, but to me; this is film is much more of an complete flushed out thought. Beautiful Cinematography combined with a very concise plot structure makes Deniz's debut a winner. I am excited to see "Kings."
I got quite angry in behalf of the girls, or as them, I must say. I felt powerless, I felt frustrated, and gosh, I felt so sad, and at times I could feel their happiness as well. (I love the scene of the soccer match, when they go to the stadium) This film is a ride of emotions and quite powerful. Mustang has become one of my favorite films, I am angry at myself for not watching it sooner.
This Oscar nominated film and winner of Cesar awards shows how 5 young sisters in Turkey are schooled for becoming housewives and then married off to a panoply of neighbours at the earliest opportunity. It has warmth, humour and a single rebellious entity with 5 heads and one body. Excellent!
Like the digits of a hand, these sisters are one. Their love and bond for one another is pure and complete brought closer together by the tragic loss of their parents and the harsh new realities of a life under the rule of a traditionalist uncle who sets out to arrange marriages for all of them as he fears the local society's judgement on their supposed transgressions which are amplified in his censorious mind.
I was deeply troubled by this films lack of nuance. Within the first few scenes it is evident we are to hate the parents for thier backwards conservative ways and pity the supressed sexulaity and feminine power of the girls. I want art and cinema to challenge and change me. Not just confirm my prejudices. This film felt like a trap, even if it was telling a truth, I don't appreciate being trapped.
The very brave debut picture for a turkish woman filmmaker, and an all-too familiar story for every middle eastern. But Mustang rides its freedom spirit over your soul, and Warren Ellis` music turns this old story all too magnificent in its new shape. Has anybody seen this turkish delight?! My eyes are still full of tears of joy...