Mustang Reviews

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November 13, 2018
With a film that uses its opening scenes to show what a force of nature these young girls can be, it's Erugven who demonstrates she's one to be reckoned with herself.
August 28, 2018
The heroines and villains of Mustang are occasionally black and white, but it's an assured directorial debut that uses its autobiographical elements not to engage in navel-gazing, but to train that gaze on a repressive society.
August 27, 2018
It's a story both modern and timeless, an aching ode to freedom and resilience, and a stunning debut.
August 25, 2018
Employing a palette of simple yet elegant binary motifs - day/night, light/dark - Ergüven constructs her own powerful and distinct emotional language through a confident and captivating formal style.
May 16, 2018
While Mustang's story is simple and sometimes too neat, it has the zing and energy of life, starting with Ergven's shooting and editing style.
February 15, 2018
... it's a sour mix that seems calculated to play better on the Upper West Side and Paris' Left Bank than in Ankara.
November 10, 2017
Mustang immediately stands out amidst the largely male-dominated efforts of contemporary cinema, its concerns distinctly feminine in constitution, its context specific in circumstance yet universal in scope.
September 18, 2017
With this film, Ergven creates a moving leap forward in the evolution of female self-determination.
September 15, 2017
[Deniz Gamze] Ergven, with her first feature film, has given voice to many young girls struggling to enjoy basic freedoms.
August 21, 2017
As action-adventure movies go, Deniz Gamze Ergven's debut, which made this year's Oscar short list for foreign-language film, is as unlikely as they come, but little Lale makes for one hell of a kick-ass heroine
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