Though it is the Academy Awards French entry for Best Foreign Film, Writer/Director Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang is a wonderfully entertaining Turkish story that takes place in a rural town along the Black Sea in northern Turkey.
Five rebellious young girls from adolescence to mid-teen try to break away from the fundamentalist patriarchy of their uncle (Ayberk Pekcan), who keeps adding to the household security, virtually imprisoning them until he tries to marry them off.
It is a tale that is simultaneously hilarious and horrifying because of the disgusting culture in which young women are treated like property without rights.
The heroine becomes the youngest of the sisters (Gunes Sensoy), who engineers a triumphant escape.
I heartily recommend this film and urge you to see it on Netflix, if you can’t find it in a theater.
I give Mustang a 4.5 out of 5.