In a Turkish village, five orphaned sisters live under strict rule while members of their family prepare their arranged marriages.
|Release Date||:||June 17, 2015|
|Production Company||:||Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA), Canal+, Doha Film Institute, Ciné+, ZDF/Arte, Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC), Kinology, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, CG Cinéma, Doha Film Institute, The, Vistamar Filmproduktion, Uhlandfilm, Bam Film, Turkish Culture Ministry|
|Production Countries||:||Qatar, France, Germany, Turkey|
|Director||:||Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Louise Arhex|
|Writers||:||Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Alice Winocour|
|Casts||:||Güneş Nezihe Şensoy, Doğa Zeynep Doğuşlu, Elit İşcan, Tuğba Sunguroğlu, İlayda Akdoğan, Nihal Koldaş, Ayberk Pekcan, Bahar Kerimoğlu, Burak Yigit, Erol Afsin, Suzanne Marrot, Serife Kara, Aynur Komecoglu, Enes Sürüm|
|Plot Keywords||:||sister sister relationship, arranged marriage, sexism, turkey, gang, teenage girl, sexual violence, violence, teenage sexuality, woman director, girls, f rated|
Mustang tackles with Turkey's most important problem, the issue of woman in society: her secondary place and the patriarchal chains around her, due to culture, politics, religion and socio-economic development. Therefore, the director's effort should be viewed as most welcome and needed attempt. I think the director manages to show the virtual prison experienced by all sort of women in our society, through the case of those sisters.
However, and despite the director's best intention, movie in general fails to deliver an authentic picture of everyday life and details in the country. Oppression of girls and their youthful desires is correctly depicted as a whole, but done in somewhat unrealistic ways. You get the feeling that the director, the script writer, and even the actors remain quite "foreigners" to the situations they are interested. Some are accusing the director as orientalist (playing to Western gaze) because of these failings. I don't agree, but it would be better if they had worked more on the everyday life and details of the countryside where the film occurs (like better local dialogue, better acquaintance of local customs).
In short, I found Mustang a very important movie, but with its own problems. Technically it does not offer something novel, but it is courageous directly to point the gender issue in a very conservative society.