Country: France, Germany, Turkey
Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Starring: Güneş Şensoy, Doğa Doğuşlu, Elit İşcan

In a remote Turkish village, five young orphaned sisters grow up within a conservative society. Members of their family prepare them for arranged marriages, but their burgeoning rebellion and sexuality begin to complicate matters. It’s a bit reductive to call Mustang the Turkish Virgin Suicides, but it’s a description that fits. Like the work of Sofia Coppola, Mustang is an intimate look at the lives of young women as they grow up in a society that seeks to marginalize them. Events in the movie were based on director Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s own childhood, only adding to the realism. Mustang distinguishes itself from other female-focused coming-of-age dramas by examining the overt sexualization of young women, and how their actions are often misconstrued by a misogynistic society. This thoughtful lens and engrossing story make Mustang a must see.