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ñSP D: Deniz Gamze Ergüven. Tur­key/ France/Ger­many. 94 min. Sep 10, 9

pm Ry­er­son; Sep 11, 2:45 pm TIFF Bell Light­box 2. Rat­ing: NNNN Five teenaged girls liv­ing in a sea­side Turk­ish vil­lage are hav­ing a lit­tle too much fun cel­e­brat­ing the end of the school year. Their pun­ish­ment? The fam­ily pa­tri­arch – the un­cle who’s raised them since their par­ents’ death – puts them un­der house ar­rest and starts mar­ry­ing them o f.

Ergüven em­pa­thet­i­cally presents the vil­lage women – es­pe­cially the girls’ grand­mother – as more bent on pro­tect­ing the girls than con­trol­ling them, but she’s plainly fu­ri­ous with the en­tire sys­tem. That anger, how­ever, never takes over or messes with the craft. She gets great per­for­mances from her cast and cre­ates gor­geous im­ages of the ive sis­ters at play and in re­pose,

Though pro­gram­mers com­pare this to Sophia Cop­pola’s Vir­gin Sui­cides, Ergüven is re­ally tak­ing a page out of Mar­leen Gor­ris’s ( A Ques­tion Of Si­lence) play­book. She’s made a iercely fem­i­nist state­ment into a work of art.

Can’t wait to see what she does next.

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