It's the beginning of summer in a small village in northern Turkey. Lale and her four sisters are on their way home from school, innocently playing with local boys but prying village eyes view their games with suspicion and word soon reaches their family. Their home consequently becomes a prison at the hand of their uncompromising uncle and all the girls have to now live for is a future of arranged marriage. But these girls' rebellious streak will not be tamed so easily. Drawing vocal support from critics, festivals and audiences across the globe, this beautiful debut from director Deniz Gamze Erguven is a touching portrayal of innocent strength and resilience against modern misogyny.
Girls just want to have fun
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Charming story of the travails of five fatherless teenage Turkish sisters whose youthful exuberance for life is suddenly curtailed when they are effectively locked up by their uncle after having been observed frolicking in the sea with local boys. Life is downhill from there on in this stifling patriarchal society with first one then another sister being married off reluctantly to dumb-faced, half-witted suitors chosen by their uncle. Eventually the tables are turned in a gloriously anarchic fightback led by the youngest sister. This is a little joy of a movie.