Mustang, 2015 – ★★★½

The best thing about this film is the juxtaposition of the childhood innocence – encapsulated for me in the indoor swimming scene – and the perceived promiscuity of the five sisters at the centre of the story.

With the exception of Lele, I didn’t feel we got to know the sisters well enough. I cared about them and what happened to them, but this was more of a response to the world they lived in rather than any real connection to their characters.

It wasn’t until quite late on that the penny dropped and I realised that Grandma had acted as she did to protect the girls not from the outside world, but from the dangers in their own home.

Vía Letterboxd – ekcragg

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