Moira and I went along to the Watershed yesterday afternoon to see Deniz Gamze Erguven’s film “Mustang”… set in a remote Turkish coastal village. When five orphaned sisters are spotted harmlessly playing with boys on the beach, such "scandalous" behaviour is reported to their grandmother and uncle… who begin a tyrannical regime of imprisonment (to “safeguard their marriage prospects”)… the house ends up becoming a “wife factory”… you get the general idea!
film which underlines the male dominance of Turkish society… where men seem to
feel that have a “right” to pursue women for sex but, at the same time, insist
on only marrying a virgin.
A very sad state of affairs.
Watershed programme contained an extract of an interview with director Erguven
in which she was critical of the “constant and hideous sexualisation of women”
in Turkey. In it, she also expresses her concern about the increasing
censorship in Turkey.
stark, powerful film – which thankfully includes a fair amount of humour as
well as the harsh treatment of the five girls. I’ve seen a number of critics
comparing the film to “The Virgin Suicides” and that’s probably appropriate…
but I think that, for me, it’s the robust depiction of sisterhood that comes
across most strongly.
Definitely worth seeing…
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