Mustang Reviews

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February 9, 2021
The script is well-written, the director's eye is incredibly sharp, and the film's visuals are aesthetically moving.
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.
December 27, 2016
I won't tell you how it ends. I will say you should see for yourself.
August 16, 2016
Ergven has delivered a debut for the ages, her film a chilling, emotionally shattering marvel I'm unlikely to forget anytime soon.
June 24, 2016
There are so many remarkable things about this wonderful movie.
June 24, 2016
Erguven has said the film was inspired from memories of her own childhood, and much of it certainly presents a seemingly authentic reality.
June 21, 2016
Erguven has a naturalistic style and doesn't seem too concerned with flash or wizardry, preferring to let the story and characters take centre stage.
June 17, 2016
Erguven is wisely determined to avoid any hint of melodrama.
May 19, 2016
Even in its darker moments (death, domestic abuse, a humiliating hymeneal exam), Ergven contrives to make her subject-matter uplifting.
May 19, 2016
A superbly acted study of suppression that's more intent on provocation than plausibility.
May 15, 2016
With its rooted sense of place and community, and rebellious spirit, this is an accomplished and engaging debut.
May 13, 2016
Mustang is incendiary and intimate, enraging and sweet.
May 11, 2016
Raw, funny and incredibly moving.
May 11, 2016
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.
February 23, 2016
Deniz Gamze Ergven's brilliant, affecting Academy Award-nominated drama, loosely based on her own upbringing, initially resembles The Virgin Suicides only to swerve into nail-biting thriller terrain.
February 18, 2016
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.
January 21, 2016
Ergven 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 15, 2016
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
Ergven's film, beautifully shot and beautifully performed, cuts its storybook tone with starker, more brutal truths.
January 14, 2016
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.
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