Mustang

This film captures the innocent interactions between five sisters and some local Turkish boys during the early summer that results in scandal with harsh personal consequences.

One of my now-tragic near-misses at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, director Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, which he co-wrote with Alice Winocour (Disorder), captures the innocent interactions between five sisters and some local Turkish boys during the early summer that results in scandal with harsh personal consequences. The girls go from dreams of education and future independence to forced homemaking instruction and arranged marriages, but some vital part of their free-spirited psyches defiantly remains. Every time I encounter the trailer for Mustang, I am reminded of Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides, which only increases my interest in Ergüven’s film. (Opens Friday at Esquire Theatre) (R) Not screened in time for review

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