Mustang
 
 
Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Turkey 2015
97 mins. Turkish dialogue with English sub-titles
 
Summary:
 
Early summer in a village in Northern Turkey. Five free-spirited teenaged sisters splash about on the beach with their male classmates. Though their games are merely innocent fun, a neighbour reports what she considers to be illicit behaviour to the girls' family. The family overreacts, removing all "instruments of corruption," like mobile phones and computers, and essentially imprisoning the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in housework in preparation for them to become brides. As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate. The fierce love between them empowers them to rebel and chase a future where they can determine their own lives in Deniz Gamze Ergüven's debut, a powerful portrait of female empowerment.
 
What the Critics say:
 
" 'Mustang' is incendiary and intimate, enraging and sweet."  (Kevin Maher - The Times)