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While it begins in a burst of lyrical exuberance with schoolchildren frolicking in surf, this knockout first feature from Deniz Gamze Ergüven builds increasing tension culminating in an edge-of-seat finale. Its the tale of five orphaned sisters growing in sexual consciousness, and their guardian uncle and grandmothers increasing attempts to lock down this adolescent force. In their coastal Turkish town, watchful neighbours defame the spirited girls purity: its a world where parents still bang on newly-weds doors demanding blood on the sheets. So the girls are imprisoned in their sun-filled, several-storeyed house until one by one they are married off  as long as their virginity can be guaranteed. Masterfully under-told, the story rarely leaves the house, unfolding through the eyes of the youngest girl, Lale, who reaches her own brave conclusion that escape is the only option.

Year: 2015
Genre: Drama, African & Middle Eastern, Nick's Favourites
Country: Turkey
Director: Deniz Gamze Erguven
Starring: Tugba Sunguroglu, Doga Zeynap Doguslu, Gunes Sensoy, Elit Iscan, Ilayda Akdogan
Duration: 94 Minutes
Rating: M - Contains violence and sexual references.
Subtitles: Yes
7.6/10
Location in store: Foreign (Africa & Middle East)

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