Early summer. In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. The immorality of their play sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison; instruction in homemaking replaces school and marriages start being arranged. The five sisters who share a common passion for freedom, find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them.—Festival de Cannes
Weeks before filming was about to begin, a lead producer backed out. Though her major reason was financial, she wrote to other producers and mentioned, among other things, director Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s pregnancy, which Ergüven had learned a week before. Three days later, Charles Gillibert saved the day as he came on board to produce the film.