In my downtime and on my days off, I like to walk down to the movie store and rent a couple of films. I’m lucky enough to live right by one of maybe the last movie rental places around. On my last trip I picked up the film Mustang, which I had briefly seen a preview for. It immediately drew me in with the atmospheric quality of the cinematography and with the story being about sisters.

The story follows a group of 5 sisters growing up in a small, conservative Turkish village. Their parents have both passed away, and they live with their uncle and grandmother who try to keep a tight grip on their lives. Their carefree nature and rebellious attitudes don’t mix well with the rules enforced on them by their uncle, and he eventually imprisons them in the house until they can be married off.

The main protagonist of the film is the youngest sister, Lale. She was my favorite character, she never allows her spirit to be broken even in the face of the most distressing circumstances. And believe me, their circumstances are deeply disturbing. This film will make you enraged on behalf of these girls – something that keeps you engaged and on the edge of your seat until the very end.

The movie has a slow paced, summer melancholy type feel to it. The cinematography work is absolutely stunning, the shots sometimes linger in a way that breaks your heart. It feels very similar to The Virgin Suicides, in both storyline and camerawork, but I have to say that I prefer Mustang. The acting is tremendous, each girl giving a stunning performance. It’s a brilliant film and I’d recommend it to anyone.

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On tonight’s radar is Colonia, Emma Watson’s new film. I’ve heard very little on the reception, and have purposefully not gone looking for reviews so I’m not influenced. I’ll let you know what I think!

Have you seen any films lately that are worth knowing about? Let me know!

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