Critic Consensus: 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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as Aunt Hanife
as Aunt Emine
as Great Aunt
as Osman's Father
as Ekin's Father
as Ekin's Mother
as Boy in the Car
as Uncle Seref
as Petek Hanim
as Man with Shotgun
as Petek's Neighbor
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Critic Reviews for Mustang
The story isn't particularly original, but Mustang's achievement is to criticize a society that sexualizes everything women do while still celebrating the girls' sexuality.
Ergüven isn't peddling blind optimism so much as a realism animated by the belief that freedom-far from being inevitable-must be fought for. That it will be fought for.
That there are five sisters allows Erguven to explore the scenario's several possible outcomes, be it happy ending or tragedy or the bittersweet fates in between.
Ergüven's film, beautifully shot and beautifully performed, cuts its storybook tone with starker, more brutal truths.
Audience Reviews for Mustang
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.
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.
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.