Synopsis & Film Details

Turkish-French filmmaker Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s impassioned coming-of-age drama presents a heartfelt perspective on the treatment of women in a socially regressive environment. With their long, dark tresses and defiant attitudes, five young sisters in a remote, coastal Turkish village symbolize the freeing spirits of this poignant film’s namesake: Mustang. What starts as the beginning of a fun summer quickly turns into an end of freedoms for Lale and her four sisters. After innocent play and laughter with male classmates at the beach, the sisters’ virtues are quickly called into question by local villagers and relatives. The girls soon find themselves in a culturally repressed home and present a united front to head off any attempts to be “tamed.” In Turkish, with English subtitles

Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
France / Turkey / Germany / Qatar (2015)
97 minutes, Not Rated
Distributor: Cohen Media Group

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