Mustang Reviews

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December 15, 2019
...a gritty, authentic-seeming drama that never quite manages to become as riveting as one might've hoped...
August 27, 2019
The talent of the director is not only evident when it comes to directing the actors, but also when it comes to creating scenes with freshness that combine dramatic moments, followed by humorous ones [Full Review in Spanish]
July 2, 2019
Fun is the heart of Mustang.
April 2, 2019
A celebration of authentic sisterhood and a rousing social commentary, Mustang joins its sisters (Little and Skinny) to form an extraordinary and essential trifecta on siblings and life itself.
February 21, 2019
It's an intriguing and, despite its subject, a positive and even at times light-hearted story of female empowerment from a talented new director.
January 9, 2019
In a cinematic year filled with excellent stories about young women growing up...Mustang is the best coming-of-age film in 2015.
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.
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
August 8, 2017
The film is never self-consciously stylized or manipulative; even the hauntingly lovely score by Warren Ellis does not overburden the action. This story feels plausible and intimate.
July 14, 2017
For all its tragedy, Mustang is an uplifting, ethereal movie, which captures the magical inner world the sisters create despite and because of their confinement.
June 20, 2017
Gamze Ergven's multiple filters allow her to create a film with universal appeal and one with which cross-cultural audiences can identify.
March 14, 2017
Girls forced to marry in powerful Turkish drama; some sex.
February 18, 2017
Mustang is an utterly arresting coming-of-age story - and most importantly, one that vitally needs to be told.
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