Five Turkish teenaged girls rebel against oppressive patriarchal rule in this lush feature debut for director Deniz Gamze Ergüven
MUSTANG (directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven) written by Ergüven and Alice Winocour, with Günes Sensoy and Doga Zeynep Doguslu. 97 minutes. A Mongrel release. Subtitled. Opens Friday (January 8). See listing. Rating: NNNN
Five teenaged girls living in a seaside Turkish village are having a little too much fun celebrating the end of the school year. Their punishment? The family patriarch – the uncle who’s raised them since their parents’ death – puts them under house arrest and starts marrying them off.
Director Deniz Gamze Ergüven is plainly furious with the system that keeps women in their place. That anger, however, never messes with her craft. She gets great performances from her cast and creates gorgeous images of the five sisters at play and in repose.
No wonder Mustang’s been nominated for an Oscar in the foreign-language film category.
Can’t wait to see what Ergüven does next.
See our interview with director Deniz Gamze Ergüven here.