Beautifully shot and with stunning performances from its non-professional young cast, Deniz Gamze Ergüven's BAFTA and Oscar-nominated 'Mustang' is both a rousing tale of spirited youth and a powerful, moving and timely work of engaging social cinema.
Summer in rural Turkey: Lale and her four sisters are on their way home from school, innocently playing with local boys. But prying village eyes view their games with suspicion and the girls’ behaviour – and refusal to repent – quickly causes a scandal among the family.
Soon the sisters find themselves locked in their bedrooms, with sober dress enforced and their schoolwork replaced by cookery classes. Their home now a prison, all the girls have to live for are arranged marriages and family honour.
But together, driven by strength, courage and a desire for freedom, the five sisters fight back against the limits imposed on them and test their family ties to breaking point . . .
★★★★★ "An accomplished study of what it means to be young and female in Turkey" - Wendy Ide, The Observer
★★★★★ "The movie feels as alive as its heroines, the energy enough to shake the screen" - Danny Leigh, Financial Times
★★★★★ "Really gets under your skin" - Allan Hunter, Daily Express