Five sisters fight for freedom and the right to love.

France 2015
  • Czech
94 min.
  • This film is available until 1. 9. 2025 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

On their way home from school one sunny day, five sisters living in rural northern Turkey engage in innocent play by a lake with a group of local boys. But what is a harmless game for them, their traditional grandma and uncle see as an unacceptable and immoral scandal that uncomfortably reveals their daughters’ emerging sexuality. The girls’ home immediately becomes a prison where, isolated from the outside world, they are raised to adopt the proper morals and traditional roles of women in Muslim society. Based on the director’s personal experience with a highly conservative view of women’s identity, the film is an unusually sensitive and empathetic look at the world of adolescent girls and the conflict between their desire to determine their own lives and the strongly authoritarian and traditionalist views of their elders. Her look at the delicate subject of women’s role in society, explored from a universally comprehensible perspective, is accompanied by the excellent music of Warren Ellis.

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Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Screenplay: Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Alice Winocour
Cinematography: David Chizallet, Ersin Gok
Music: Warren Ellis
Sound: Olivier Goinard, Özgür Özden
Editing: Mathilde Van de Moortel
Production Design: Turker Isci
Producer: Charles Gillibert
Co-production: Patrick André, Frank Henschke, Anja Uhland, Mine Vargi
Costumes: Selin Sozen
Cast: Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Elit Iscan, Ilayda Akdogan, Tugba Sunguroglu

Cannes Film Festival

2015 – Deniz Gamze Ergüven (Label Europa Cinemas)

European Film Awards

2015 – Deniz Gamze Ergüven (European Discovery)

Palm Springs International Film Festival

2016 – Deniz Gamze Ergüven (Directors to Watch)

  • This film is available until 1. 9. 2025 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.