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Mustang (2015)



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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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

All Critics (142) | Top Critics (28)

Raw, funny and incredibly moving.

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

February 18, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

January 21, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

January 15, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Ergüven's film, beautifully shot and beautifully performed, cuts its storybook tone with starker, more brutal truths.

January 15, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Part of a welcome international wave of films made by women directors that focus on girls growing up in worlds of men - and on what they look like when no one's looking.

January 14, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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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

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