Deniz Gamze Ergüven directs Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu and Tugba Sunguroglu in this teen drama where 5 Turkish children are imprisoned in their home and married off when their grandmother and uncle realise they are becoming women.
I usually find self-consciously preachy films distasteful but this really caught me. It is frank and takes great pleasure in not being judgemental of the girls, not painting them as saints or victims. There are unexpected bursts of mordant humour among the languid suffering and sunny dread. Looks fantastic too. A modern day fairytale. Princesses trapped in a castle, quests, ogres, an ending laced with a little hope.
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