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.