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Mustang delivers a bracing -- and thoroughly timely -- message whose power is further bolstered by the efforts of a stellar ensemble cast.



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Early summer in a village in Northern Turkey. Five free-spirited teenaged sisters splash about on the beach with their male classmates. Though their games are merely innocent fun, a neighbor passes by and reports what she considers to be illicit behavior to the girls' family. The family overreacts, removing all "instruments of corruption," like cell phones and computers, and essentially imprisoning the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in housework in preparation for them to become brides. As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate. The fierce love between them empowers them to rebel and chase a future where they can determine their own lives in Deniz Gamze Ergüven's debut, a powerful portrait of female empowerment.

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Suzanne Marrot
as Aunt Hanife
Aynur Komecoglu
as Aunt Emine
Serife Kara
as Great Aunt
Aziz Komecoglu
as Osman's Father
Kadir Celebi
as Ekin's Father
Muzeyyen Celebi
as Ekin's Mother
Aykut Karatay
as Boy in the Car
Ercan Koksal
as Uncle Seref
Serpil Ucar
as Petek Hanim
Huseyin Baysal
as Man with Shotgun
Seril Reis
as Petek's Neighbor
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  • Aug 06, 2016
    A superb telling of modern life in Turkey for the daughters of a family growing up as they fight to stop the traditionalist values, such as arranged marriages. Superbly acted and definitely something that will make you think long and hard about what freedom in life really is.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 19, 2016
    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Apr 20, 2016
    A stunning, perfect film, filled with beautifully natural performances, poetic photography, a haunting score, an insight into life in rural Turkey, an exploration of feminity, adolescence, sisterhood, patriarchy, oppression, life, the universe and everything. A melancholic joy.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Feb 19, 2016
    At first, it seems like a Turkish Virgin Suicides with a social commentary on the cultural oppression of women in that country, but soon it starts to become less and less subtle as the story progresses to the point of even including an unnecessary element of sexual abuse.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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