Living in the southern half of the planet, the long hot summer holiday months give me time to process my year of movies – and hopefully highlight some titles that other women may have missed out on. Usually, I try to pick just 10 of my favourite “women-interest” films to share, but couldn’t cut down my initial ‘longlist’ of 30-odd films into a ‘shortlist’ this year, and have ended up with random ramblings in no particular order.
Forced to pick just one of the 5-Star offerings to highlight on my front page, I have chosen one of the Academy Award nominations for the Best Foreign Language film category:
“Mustang” from Turkey.
Five orphaned teenage sisters splash about on the beach with male classmates – innocent childish fun at the end of the last day of school before summer break. A neighbor passing by, reports what she thinks is illicit behavior to the girls’ family. The family overreacts, imprisoning the girls inside the house, subjecting them to endless lessons in feminine roles as preparation for arranged marriages. As the eldest sisters are unwillingly married off, the younger ones plan escaping the same fate.
I could find few faults with this movie, the ensemble cast were stellar in their performances, the direction and camera work powerful, in getting across messages with minimal dialogue, and the love between the sisters was a joy to behold.
Trailer available on YouTube
As for the rest of my 2015 Women’s movies list, see over the page…..MORE—>