Thursday Sept. 29 @ 7:00 pm / GALAXY CINEMAS / Sault Ste. Marie
Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Turkish with English subtitles / 97 minutes
Rating: PG (mature perspective strongly advised)
In a remote Turkish village on the Black Sea, five free-spirited
teenaged sisters splash on the beach with their male classmates. Though their games are innocent, a neighbor reports what she
considers to be illicit behavior to the girls’ family. The family reacts by removing all “instruments of corruption” such as cell phones and computers. Their home is progressively transformed into a prison and instruction in homemaking replaces school. As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones resolve to avoid the same fate. Ergüven’s debut is a powerful portrait of female empowerment.
Mustang is astonishing; staying with you long after viewing.
Blake Howard, Graffiti with Punctuation
Part of a welcome international wave of films made by women directors that focus on girls growing up in worlds of men – and on what they look like when no one’s looking. Ty Burr, Boston Globe
The filmmakers approach their characters not as political objects but as rare humans grappling with that unique moment when childhood gives way – painfully but sometimes beautifully – to brutal realities.
Noah Gittell, Washington City Paper