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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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Critic Reviews for Mustang

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  • There are so many remarkable things about this wonderful movie.

    Jun 24, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Erguven is wisely determined to avoid any hint of melodrama.

    Jun 17, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Mustang is incendiary and intimate, enraging and sweet.

    May 13, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Raw, funny and incredibly moving.

    May 11, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The giddy abandon of youthful pleasures are writ large across blissed-out faces and fast mouths. The story moves at speed, with Ergüven constantly resisting the temptation to pause and wring sentiment from a dramatic development.

    May 11, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 18, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer


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 Walker
Ian Walker

Super Reviewer


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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Director's Deniz Gamze Ergüven's harsh critique of an oppressive patriarchal society is straightforward, but it isn't subtle. The saga descends from the carefree optimism on the beach into the dark corruption of a community prone to gender bias. The essential "house arrest" of these 5 teen girls approaches the totalitarian conditions of a jail. The nightmare that is their homelife is clearly evident. Their subjugation is infuriating. As Westerners we are forced into a judgmental corner and are predictably outraged. The cultural portrait is nicely presented. This makes the decision to further stack the narrative by also making the uncle sexually abusive, a bit ham-handed. The focus isn't just about the tyranny of a culture unjust to women anymore. Now we're dealing with sexual assault. The approach is unnecessarily embellished. We feel the forcible pull of a screenplay, co-written by the director and Alice Winocour, overstating its case. However as the debut feature from an up-and-coming filmmaker, there's still a lot to admire here.

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

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