2016 Oscars Challenge: [25] “Mustang” – Best Foreign Language Feature

MUSTANG
France; Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven



FILM SYNOPSIS: Five orphaned teenage sisters enjoy the summer in their village in northern Turkey, but one day, their romping with male friends is misinterpreted and reported to their family as sexual licentiousness. Determined to keep the girls pure, the family effectively imprisons them, prompting the girls to become even more closely knit as they rebel against their arranged marriages.


Extremely reminiscent of “The Virgin Suicides” (1999), France’s Mustang looks at five sisters enduring an overbearing uncle in Turkey, where women are sent into arranged marriages by their relatives. The actresses cast as the sisters are great, spanning many ages and personality types, which keeps the film feeling interesting throughout. Providing a realistic portrayal of how adolescents react when faced with having their rights taken away, the sneaking around and secrets not only feel entirely real, but also help bridge a ethnic and geographic gap as it relates to all of us being of the human race. With a book ending story arc and some great performances all around, this continues to prove why France has been nominated thirty-seven times.

What’s its competition? If “Son Of Saul” weren’t such a juggernaut in the Foreign Language Feature category, “Mustang” might stand a chance. But seeing as “Saul” has won every award on its way to the main stage, there really looks to be no beating it. “Mustang” was a film that everyone discussed being nominated when put in contention and besides maybe “Theeb,” was the only other film to do so. Even films that were thought to be shoe-ins, like “Labyrinth Of Lies,” “The Second Mother,” and “The Assassin” did not make the cut. So if any film does have the potential to upset “Son Of Saul,” it would be “Mustang.”

Previous nominations? This is the thirty-seventh Academy Award nomination (including nine wins) for France. Previous nominations were:

  • A PROPHET (2009)
    Nominee, Foreign Language Film
  • THE CLASS (2008)
    Nominee, Foreign Language Film
  • JOYEUX NOËL (2005)
    Nominee, Foreign Language Film
  • THE CHORUS (LES CHORISTES) (2004)
    Nominee, Foreign Language Film
  • AMÉLIE (2001)
    Nominee, Foreign Language Film
  • THE TASTE OF OTHERS (2000)
    Nominee, Foreign Language Film
  • EAST-WEST (1999)
    Nominee, Foreign Language Film
  • RIDICULE (1996)
    Nominee, Foreign Language Film
  • INDOCHINE (1992)
    Winner, Foreign Language Film
  • CYRANO DE BERGERAC (1990)
    Nominee, Foreign Language Film
  • CAMILLE CLAUDEL (1989)
    Nominee, Foreign Language Film
  • AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS (GOODBYE, CHILDREN) (1987)
    Nominee, Foreign Language Film
  • BETTY BLUE (1986)
    Nominee, Foreign Language Film
  • THREE MEN AND A CRADLE (1985)
    Nominee, Foreign Language Film
  • ENTRE NOUS (1983)
    Nominee, Foreign Language Film
  • COUP DE TORCHON (“CLEAN SLATE”) (1982)
    Nominee, Foreign Language Film
  • THE LAST METRO (1980)
    Nominee, Foreign Language Film
  • A SIMPLE STORY (1979)
    Nominee, Foreign Language Film
  • GET OUT YOUR HANDKERCHIEFS (1978)
    Winner, Foreign Language Film
  • MADAME ROSA (1977)
    Winner, Foreign Language Film
  • COUSIN, COUSINE (1976)
    Nominee, Foreign Language Film
  • LACOMBE, LUCIEN (1974)
    Nominee, Foreign Language Film
  • DAY FOR NIGHT (1973)
    Winner, Foreign Language Film
  • THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE (1972)
    Winner, Foreign Language Film
  • HOA-BINH (1970)
    Nominee, Foreign Language Film
  • MY NIGHT AT MAUD’S (1969)
    Nominee, Foreign Language Film
  • STOLEN KISSES (1968)
    Nominee, Foreign Language Film
  • LIVE FOR LIFE (1967)
    Nominee, Foreign Language Film
  • A MAN AND A WOMAN (1966)
    Winner, Foreign Language Film
  • THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (1964)
    Nominee, Foreign Language Film
  • SUNDAYS AND CYBELE (1962)
    Winner, Foreign Language Film
  • LA VÉRITÉ (1960)
    Nominee, Foreign Language Film
  • BLACK ORPHEUS (1959)
    Winner, Foreign Language Film
  • MY UNCLE (1958)
    Winner, Foreign Language Film
  • GATES OF PARIS (1957)
    Nominee, Foreign Language Film
  • GERVAISE (1956)
    Nominee, Foreign Language Film

 

Additionally, France received three Special/Honorary Awards prior to the establishment of Foreign Language Film as a regular category in 1956:

  • FORBIDDEN GAMES (1952)
    Honorary Foreign Language Film Award
  • THE WALLS OF MALAPAGA (1950)
    Honorary Foreign Language Film Award [shared with Italy]
  • MONSIEUR VINCENT (1948)
    Special Foreign Language Film Award

“Mustang” (2015) Trailer:


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// Produced by Charles Gillibert // Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven //
// Dated Viewed: Friday, February 5th, 2016 // LAEMMLE NOHO //  17 films – 24 days //

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