Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Mustang (2015)

Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven. Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu. 97 min. Rated PG-13. Turkey/France/Qatar/Germany. Drama.

Five free-spirited sisters of a rural family in Turkey find destiny closing in on them, as they are physically locked in their own home and crushed by traditional customs into wedlock, one by one. Watching this, first a female equivalent of The Wolfpack came to mind, then Sofia Coppola's Virgin Suicides (even with an uncanny resemblance of one of the girls to Kirsten Dunst). But then with characters getting serially knocked off in an enclosed claustrophobic setting by 'monstrous' traditional values ... this is actually the space horror movie Alien, happening on Earth. The Turks are making good movies these days.

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