Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Mustang


With The Prof away and still with a fairly large knee I took myself off to the cinema tonight to see the coming of age Turkish movie Mustang.
Set in modern day rural Turkey ( a thousand miles and two hundred years away from Istanbul) Mustang centres on the life of five orphaned sisters living a fairly normal teenage life with their exasperated Grandmother and traditionally paternalistic Uncle.
Seen through the eyes of the youngest and most feisty sister Lale (Gunes Sensoy) we follow the the sisters' virtual imprisionment in the family home as the adult relatives prepare the girls for marriage ( the only way they can maintain face within the local community who feel that the girls are rather more wayward than they admit to)
Initially Lale is sheltered from the degrading way of life even when their Uncle calls for the older girls' virgin status to be medically checked out. Nor is she aware of the growing sexual abuse going on in the family home , but gradually she becomes aware of the toxic nature of their existence, and it is her that hatches a plan for escape.
Mustang  is a beautifully crafted movie. Not only is the story about archaic  attitudes to women and womens' rights but it is a subtle and rather moving exploration of puberty and sexual awareness.
One scene in particular, lingers long in the mind and that that is when the five sisters escape their prison home to attend a football match in the capital. Because of bad behaviour of the male football fans, the  national game is male supporter free, so amid thousands of other female spectators , the girls scream and dance and celebrate their new found freedom in a scene that lifts your heart like no other could.
It's a wonderful movie , it really is .
9/10

I'll leave you with Jill's and Dawn Rene's  novelty fruit entry for the Flower Show....more please readers...






15 comments:

  1. I shall look out for the film, and in the meantime be inspired to do something exotic with a pineapple.
    Sx

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  2. poor john; rest that knee, dear.

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  3. The Kite Runner and Persepolis were two books that tear off blinders. This movie must be one as well.

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  4. I love the pineapple fish, and the other little creature is too darn cute!!

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  5. Brilliant - you certainly can't complain about the very high standard of the entries !

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  6. How fabulous to have access to such a lot of world cinema locally John...this sounds a smashing film.

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  7. You've made me want to see the film to find out the ending x

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  8. I saw 'Mustang' six weeks ago and rated it a '7' which, in your terms, would probably be at least an '8'. So we're not really that far apart.

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  9. Oh, the fruit art continues to be exceptional. Sorry, too much cooking involved for me.

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  10. Put this movie on my list thanks.
    XO
    WWW

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  11. Which cinema do you go to?

    This sounds pretty good 😊

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    1. Theatre clwyd in mold sue x

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  12. I just looked at these veggies on my computer, as opposed to my phone, and I like them both. Clever fish from pineapple and clever legs from beans and a skirt from something else.

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    1. Her little tutu is made of individual leaves of a Brussel sprout.
      Dawn- René

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