Directed by Deniz Gamze Erguven, Mustang is a beautifully-directed story about discovering oneself and how society can mold and shape us. The story unfolds around five orphaned girls who decide to spend a day at the beach. They meet up with a group of boys and innocently play around. The girls’ guardians witness this event and immediately punish the girls and arrange marriages for them.
Each of the girls in this film was relatable and likable. They craved the freedom to be themselves, to love whom they wanted to love, to express themselves, to rebel. I identified with these girls immensely, and my heart both cheered and broke for them during their trials and tribulations.
Mustang is a gorgeous film. Even though it’s mostly set in one area (the girls’ home), there are pops of color and beautiful rays of light set against the dreary landscape.
The film does explore sexuality and dark themes, so if you’re sensitive to those topics, be cautious. For everyone else, though, this is an incredible movie that many of you will be able to relate to. If you’ve ever experienced love or felt the frustration of society’s norms, Mustang will speak directly to your heart.