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
Director/writer Deniz Gamze Ergüven met her co-writer Alice Winocour at the Cannes Film Festival's Atelier for beginner film makers where they were the only two women attending the program. Ergüven was there to work on a film about the LA riots, which would become Kings (2017). After Ergüven failed to attract producers and financiers, Winocour suggested Ergüven do a smaller scale movie to prove that she was capable of directing. Together they started working on Mustang. See more »
When the girls go to the football match, the jerseys they are wearing are those of the opposing Galatasaray team and not the local team, Trabzonspor. See more »
The house became a wife factory that we never came out of.
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Turkish-French screenwriter and director Deniz Gamze Ergüven's feature film debut which she wrote with French screenwriter and director Alice Winocour, is inspired by her aspiration to depict what it is like to be a woman in Turkey. It premiered in the 47th Directors' Fortnight section at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival in 2015, was screened in the Special Presentations section at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival in 2015, was shot on locations in Turkey and is a Turkey-France-Germany co-production which was produced by producer Charles Gillibert. It tells the story about an adolescent girl named Lale.
Distinctly and subtly directed by Turkish-French filmmaker Deniz Gamze Ergüven, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated by the main character and interchangeably from multiple viewpoints, draws a pensively humane portrayal of sisters by circumstance, living with foster carers in a village in the Republic of Turkey, whom after being young girls which involves playing with boys at their school and causing a consequential situation, is introduced to housework, virginity tests and arranged marriages. While notable for its distinctly atmospheric milieu depictions and cinematography by cinematographer David Chizallet and Ersin Gök, this character-driven and narrative-driven story about the towering will and the freedom of the child where a sweepingly generalizing comment is uttered about feminists not understanding and denouncing maternity which is as generalizing as saying that every mother denounces all single women or vice-versa or that every mother is or have to be an anti-feminist because she has chosen to become a parent and a she in agonizing reluctance has to say goodbye to her mother, depicts some studies of character and contains a great and timely score by composer Warren Ellis.
This charmingly youthful, immediately engaging and conscientious realization which is set in Turkey in the 21st century and where a daughter joins four orphaned sisters named Nur, Ece, Sonay and Selma, clothing suits better than custom, sisterhood inspires and remains and motherly attachment surpasses, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, rhythmic continuity, natural humor, majestic scenes of Lale and Istanbul and the unconstrained acting performance by newcomer Güneş Nezihe Şensoy. A whole-heartedly narrative feature which gained, among other awards, the Europa Cinema Labels award at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in 2015.
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