DVD - 2016 | Turkish
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It's the beginning of the summer. In a village in the north of Turkey, Lale and her four sisters come home from school, innocently playing with boys. The supposed debauchery of their games causes a scandal with unintended consequences. The family home slowly turns into a prison, classes on housework and cooking replace school, and marriages begin to be arranged.


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Mar 23, 2018

Really liked this film. And I'm really glad I'm American. :)

Aug 01, 2017

Funny. Intelligent. Timely.

Feb 03, 2017

"This movie has subtitles. I will pass on this one!"
Thanks for the useless and ignorant comment firefly5 (see below). As the bombastic rhetoric around "America first" becomes deafening and disheartening, engaging with other cultures is more important than ever and, for me, art is one of the best means of doing this. 2015's "Mustang" is the debut film from Turkish writer/director Deniz Gamze Erguven. It was nominated for best foreign film, but lost to the Hungarian Holocaust drama "Son of Saul."
Set in rural Turkish village, it's the story of 5 orphaned sisters struggling with their desire to explore the world and their repressive family/community. It may seem like a typical coming of age story, but the setting and the focus on female characters gives is a freshness. The kids are all great and believable and Erguven's direction is subtle and sympathetic. She lets the idyllic setting (contrasting with the rigid roles for the girls) and the spirit of the girls do the work. It's both melancholy and hopeful and I'd recommend it to anyone looking to get away from American blockbusters and to get a window into a different cultural.

Dec 16, 2016

I took my 13-year-old granddaughter to see this film - wonderful introduction to subtitled foreign film and social intercultural awareness of girls' lives.

Dec 08, 2016

Don't miss this one. A beautifully acted, directed and engrossing movie. The beauty innocence and exuberance of youth in direct conflict with the ugliness and negativity of religion and tradition. It cuts across all cultures and is timeless. Highly recommended.

Dec 07, 2016

Should have won best foreign film at the oscars.

Nov 09, 2016

The sundry fates of 5 spirited teen-aged girls in modern Turkey make for a funny, poignant and ultimately gripping movie. There are no easy answers here; tradition and feminism are in direct conflict. But this writer-director makes us think by showing the complexities. And what will these 5 talents actors do in the future? Recommended.

Sep 25, 2016

This movie has subtitles. I will pass on this one!

Sep 21, 2016

Replete with humour, pathos and drama, this film offers a picture-perfect story of five sisters trapped in a repressive household in a repressive society and their attempts, with varying degrees of success, to escape. A talented cast brings it all off splendidly.

AL_ALISON Aug 05, 2016

While not a happy a film, it is definitely an interesting one. It has been described as the Turkish Virgin Suicides. It is about the bond between sisters as their household becomes more and more repressive. It has a fairytale quality, told mostly from the perspective of the youngest sister, that softens some of the darker moments. A beautiful movie.

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