Mustang

Mustang ★★★★½

I was surprised how much I was moved by this movie. Directed and written by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, it is a story of five young sisters living together with their uncle and grandmother in a Turkish village. Their seemingly normal lives change suddenly when they are seen frolicking with boys on the beach. The movie then takes a much different turn. While comparisons can/have been made to The Virgin Suicides, the film stands in a unique landscape - focusing on a clash of the modern world with a much older one, rooted in inescapable tradition and culture norms. Where they clash and the bond between the sisters is the heart of the film.