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The Mustang (15) HIFF

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  • It's worth seeking out... as both a portrait of a prison program few are aware of and a powerful character study.

  • The story is grounded in a documentary-like realism that doesn't sugar-coat the dangers of the inmates, or the desperation of their lives.
    The List

  • Within no more than a minute of screen time, we know that director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre has authority and vision, and that we are watching a good movie.
    San Francisco Chronicle

  • This debut feature by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre opens strong, grows even stronger and, avoiding almost every trap, fulfills its abundant promise.
    Wall Street Journal

  • This film was developed at Robert Redford's Sundance Institute lab for emerging talent; he certainly found one in French actress Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, here making an impressive feature directorial debut.
    Chicago Reader

  • A striking debut. Each time you think you have this movie pegged, it'll knock you for a loop.
    Rolling Stone

  • The Mustang wears its heart on its sleeve: it's a film about the impossibility of rehabilitation without empathy or compassion, and how the American prison system has become a source of cheap labour...
    NOW Toronto

  • It's one of the best films you've never heard of ... and one of the best films of the year
    Quad City Times