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Mustang (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama | 17 June 2015 (France)
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When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Günes Sensoy Günes Sensoy ... Lale
Doga Zeynep Doguslu Doga Zeynep Doguslu ... Nur
Tugba Sunguroglu Tugba Sunguroglu ... Selma
Elit Iscan Elit Iscan ... Ece
Ilayda Akdogan Ilayda Akdogan ... Sonay
Nihal G. Koldas Nihal G. Koldas ... The Grandmother (as Nihal Koldas)
Ayberk Pekcan Ayberk Pekcan ... Erol
Bahar Kerimoglu Bahar Kerimoglu ... Dilek
Burak Yigit Burak Yigit ... Yasin
Erol Afsin ... Osman
Suzanne Marrot Suzanne Marrot ... Aunt Hanife
Serife Kara Serife Kara ... The Great-Aunt
Aynur Komecoglu Aynur Komecoglu ... Aunt Emine
Sevval Aydin Sevval Aydin ... Erin
Enes Sürüm Enes Sürüm ... Ekin
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Storyline

Early summer. In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. The immorality of their play sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison; instruction in homemaking replaces school and marriages start being arranged. The five sisters who share a common passion for freedom, find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them. Written by Festival de Cannes

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Their spirit would never be broken

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexual content and a rude gesture | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | Germany | Turkey | Qatar

Language:

Turkish

Release Date:

17 June 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Mustang: Belleza salvaje See more »

Filming Locations:

Inebolu, Kastamonu, Turkey See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,151, 22 November 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$845,464

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,915,624
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Weeks before filming was about to begin, a lead producer backed out. Though her major reason was financial, she wrote to other producers and mentioned, among other things, director Deniz Gamze Ergüven, which Ergüven had learned a week before. Three days later, Charles Gillibert saved the day as he came on board to produce the film. See more »

Goofs

The girls want to go to the Galatasaray-Trabzon match. They say to Yasin that they need to go to Trabzon. However, later when we see them on TV, the score shows Galatasaray's (GS) name first which means the match is in Istanbul not in Trabzon. See more »

Quotes

Selma: I slept with the entire world.
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Connections

Featured in 73rd Golden Globe Awards (2016) See more »

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Written by Anonymous / Murat Ertel, Levent Akman
Performed by Baba Zula
© Gulbaba Music
(p) 2010 Pozitif Müzik Yapim
Label: Doublemoon Records / www.doublemoon.com.tr
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important film
23 December 2015 | by hasankSee all my reviews

Mustang tackles with Turkey's most important problem, the issue of woman in society: her secondary place and the patriarchal chains around her, due to culture, politics, religion and socio-economic development. Therefore, the director's effort should be viewed as most welcome and needed attempt. I think the director manages to show the virtual prison experienced by all sort of women in our society, through the case of those sisters.

However, and despite the director's best intention, movie in general fails to deliver an authentic picture of everyday life and details in the country. Oppression of girls and their youthful desires is correctly depicted as a whole, but done in somewhat unrealistic ways. You get the feeling that the director, the script writer, and even the actors remain quite "foreigners" to the situations they are interested. Some are accusing the director as orientalist (playing to Western gaze) because of these failings. I don't agree, but it would be better if they had worked more on the everyday life and details of the countryside where the film occurs (like better local dialogue, better acquaintance of local customs).

In short, I found Mustang a very important movie, but with its own problems. Technically it does not offer something novel, but it is courageous directly to point the gender issue in a very conservative society.


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