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|Regie:||Deniz Gamze Ergüven|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 94 Min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
It's summer in a small Turkish village. Lale and her four sisters enjoy the sun and the sea. They laugh, romp and romp around with their classmates. But this brief moment of exuberance has fatal consequences. Because for her conservative father it is a scandal that his daughters were seen on the beach with boys. Without further ado he forbids the girls to leave the house and begins to search for suitable marriage candidates for the oldest daughters before they finally fall into sin. But the sisters are not willing to surrender to their forced fate. Their desire for freedom is too great to set any limits. But of course the rebellion of the girls does not remain without consequences…
"Mustang" quickly brings back memories of Sofia Coppola's "The Virgin Suicides". But even though there are some parallels, both dramaturgically and stylistically, director Deniz Gamze Ergüven was more inspired by Pasolini's "Die 120 Tage von Sodom" or "Die Flucht von Alcatraz" when staging her drama. And her own experiences from her youth have also flowed into the story. Sensitive and sometimes surprisingly humorous, she tells of the end of childhood innocence, the awakening of longings and the right to self-determination. The drama was shot in İnebolu, a remote small town on the Black Sea coast. Ergüven has consciously chosen this place to show not only a small community in which traditional structures still have an enormous significance. For the girls, the small town should also symbolize the end of the world where they are trapped. They want to escape the shackles that a male-dominated society has created for them and long to be allowed to lead a self-determined life like their teacher in the big city.
The film has some really beautiful moments in which the longings of the girls are symbolized in a pleasantly subtle way. Every now and then, as already mentioned, there are also scenes that are surprisingly humorous and serve as a pleasant counterbalance to the dramatic-dark moments that determine the last act. Of course, the film accuses certain circumstances regarding the life of women in Turkey. Nevertheless, Deniz Gamze Ergüven did not want to make a political film, not a filmed indictment. Rather, some important topics should be addressed in an almost fairytale-like, mystically beautiful, but also relentlessly intense and honest way. And the director succeeded in doing so in any case.
However, it must also be said that the staging, despite a rather compact running time of just over 90 minutes, has some distinct lengths and on the other hand, some aspects of the story are overlooked very quickly. Without betraying too much there is a very dramatic scene in the last third, which, if you as a viewer didn't pay attention for a short moment, leaves you a bit helpless for a moment. It is appropriate that this scene is not exploited strikingly. But because it is kept so short, it can't have any real emotional effect either.
Notwithstanding, "Mustang" has become a strong and important film that clearly conveys its important message without being too masterly or too accusing. For lovers of demanding arthouse dramas absolutely worth seeing!
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