Mustang

Mustang

DVD - 2016 | Turkish
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In a village in the north of Turkey, Lale and her four sisters innocently celebrate the end of the school year at the beach with some boys. The supposed debauchery of their actions causes their home to progressively transform into a prison; classes on housework and cooking replace school, and marriages are arranged. The five sisters, driven by the same desire for freedom, fight back against the limits imposed upon them.

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ROB O'HAIRT
Dec 22, 2018

have not seen the film yet but i am a huge fan of Turkish films of the past 10 -15 years or so.i do expect the "love it or leave it" rhetoric of the slow-witted. if one is open minded there are many groups in the u.s. who espouse the exact same mind set. and in this day of 'not getting involved' i'm gonna flatly say that most of the worlds' problems can usually be traced to a patriarchal system, intertwined with religion going back a few thousand years. It is really going to be a lot of work to straighten out all of the resultant mess accrued over the millennial but i think that we have the Desire, the Knowledge, the Emotions and the DREAM of a world in which we are all equal !! Sounds simple and it really is: every day talk to someone about anything to do with social awareness or events across the globe or what one considers a positive step but not a radical one. And every day it will be the sort of drip drip drip of some water off of a roof on a farm which flows into a stream. and yadda yadda!!! Yup, the Siddhartha story but it is Universal and way tired so switch tales. We have to talk before we do anything. You don't Want to be Equal ?? or ??? This happens... and we can't kill EVERYONE ...no, just remember that there are over 7 billion of us and before we have open warfare over drinking water, or eating algae or tree roots in N. Canada .A small consolation is that by then there will be so few humans left that we can all fit in some local h.s. gym at the north pole !! FUN, huh?? that's why we gotta talk until it hurts. The alternative could be a real bitch, otherwise !!!

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JILLYJELLY
Mar 23, 2018

Really liked this film. And I'm really glad I'm American. :)

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spiritchild
Aug 25, 2017

Hard to imagine such a situation, given living through my life. IT is TOO bad that this goes on even in a 'free' world.

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ssjv
Aug 01, 2017

Funny. Intelligent. Timely.

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lukasevansherman
Feb 03, 2017

"This movie has subtitles. I will pass on this one!"
Thanks for the useless and ignorant comment firefly5 (see below). As the bombastic rhetoric around "America first" becomes deafening and disheartening, engaging with other cultures is more important than ever and, for me, art is one of the best means of doing this. 2015's "Mustang" is the debut film from Turkish writer/director Deniz Gamze Erguven. It was nominated for best foreign film, but lost to the Hungarian Holocaust drama "Son of Saul."
Set in rural Turkish village, it's the story of 5 orphaned sisters struggling with their desire to explore the world and their repressive family/community. It may seem like a typical coming of age story, but the setting and the focus on female characters gives is a freshness. The kids are all great and believable and Erguven's direction is subtle and sympathetic. She lets the idyllic setting (contrasting with the rigid roles for the girls) and the spirit of the girls do the work. It's both melancholy and hopeful and I'd recommend it to anyone looking to get away from American blockbusters and to get a window into a different cultural.

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Librelli
Dec 16, 2016

I took my 13-year-old granddaughter to see this film - wonderful introduction to subtitled foreign film and social intercultural awareness of girls' lives.

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torbrary
Dec 08, 2016

Don't miss this one. A beautifully acted, directed and engrossing movie. The beauty innocence and exuberance of youth in direct conflict with the ugliness and negativity of religion and tradition. It cuts across all cultures and is timeless. Highly recommended.

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jonnybroom
Nov 09, 2016

The sundry fates of 5 spirited teen-aged girls in modern Turkey make for a funny, poignant and ultimately gripping movie. There are no easy answers here; tradition and feminism are in direct conflict. But this writer-director makes us think by showing the complexities. And what will these 5 talents actors do in the future? Recommended.

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firefly5
Sep 25, 2016

This movie has subtitles. I will pass on this one!

ArapahoeAlison Aug 05, 2016

While not a happy a film, it is definitely an interesting one. It has been described as the Turkish Virgin Suicides. It is about the bond between sisters as their household becomes more and more repressive. It has a fairytale quality, told mostly from the perspective of the youngest sister, that softens some of the darker moments. A beautiful movie.

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