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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 42 wins & 58 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Günes Sensoy ...
Doga Zeynep Doguslu ...
Tugba Sunguroglu ...
Elit Iscan ...
Ilayda Akdogan ...
Nihal G. Koldas ...
The Grandmother (as Nihal Koldas)
Ayberk Pekcan ...
Bahar Kerimoglu ...
Burak Yigit ...
Suzanne Marrot ...
Aunt Hanife
Serife Kara ...
The Great-Aunt
Aynur Komecoglu ...
Aunt Emine
Sevval Aydin ...
Enes Sürüm ...


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



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

17 June 2015 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Mustang: Belleza salvaje  »

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Box Office


€1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,151 (USA) (22 November 2015)


$845,464 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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IN the scene where the grandma opens the wardrobe, a t-shirt with "#direngezi" hashtag on it is seen. The hashtag is the famous motto for the riots which took place when the government wanted to demolish the "Gezi Park" at the central of Taksim Square. See more »


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 »


Lale: The house became a wife factory that we never came out of.
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Featured in 73rd Golden Globe Awards (2016) See more »


The Mother
Written by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
Performed by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
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16 December 2015 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

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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