D: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Ad Vitam (Charles Gillibert)
France/Turkey 2015
97 mins


W: Deniz Gamze Ergüven & Alice Winocaur
DP: David Chizaliet & Ersin Gok
Ed: Mathilde van de Moortel
Mus: Warren Ellis

Günes Sensoy (Lale), Doga Doguslu (Nur), Elit Ìscan (Ece), Tugba Sunguroglu (Selma)

This French produced Turkish film takes place in a small rural village, where traditional values are still of the utmost importance. The plot follows a group of orphaned schoolgirls, under the guardianship of their strict uncle who turns their home into a prison after the girls are seen innocently playing with some teenage boys on the beach. The girls rebel against the authority, sneaking out to watch football matches and experience life, but one-by-one, they are forced into arranged marriages by their patriarch.
The story is quite a slow mover, though it builds to a nail-biting and bittersweet conclusion, though there are some scenes in the build up which feel a little contrived. 
Feminists championed the film for their own social justice arguments, but it's more a story about the clash between Eastern and Western cultures. 
The film was deservedly nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.