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Friday, 26 February 2016

MUSTANG [2015]

Turkish director Deniz Gamze Ergüven makes a hauntingly extraordinary debut with the coming-of-age drama Mustang.
Five orphaned teenage sisters, who live in small Turkish village, are repressed by their own family when they are spotted harmlessly playing with boys.
The average moviegoer will be quick to make comparisons to The Virgin Suicides but this film is far more important and realistically portrayed.   It searches even further into it's themes of sexuality, growing up too fast, individuality and the difficulty of being a young woman in Turkey.  The brilliance of the character reveals, in it's short 90 minutes, leaves a lasting power that not many films can do with so many characters and such little time.  The photography, low-key editing, music and incredible performances give the film the sort of depth that leaves you in complete awe.

5 rebellious bus-rides out of 5

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