Movie Review: In ‘Mustang,’ Turkish sisters and traditions clash

By Nicholas Rapold
A scene from "Mustang." Credit Cohen Media Group
HOLLYWOOD---Full of life even as it depicts lives in lockdown, “Mustang” is a stunning debut feature by Deniz Gamze Ergüven about five sisters in rural Turkey. Confined to their grandmother’s house, the girls bridle against losing their freedoms in a story grounded in both laughter and tears, and above all in the resilient strength of these girls against soul-deadening strictures. Virginity tests are administered by a doctor; bars are put on the windows; prospective husbands are entertained over tea. [link]

Mustang” is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned). Mature thematic material, sexual content and a rude gesture. In Turkish, with English subtitles. Running time: 1 hour 37 minutes.