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The Apple [DVD]

Zahra Naderi , Massoumeh Naderi , Samira Makhmalbaf    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Zahra Naderi, Massoumeh Naderi
  • Directors: Samira Makhmalbaf
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Farsi
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Aug 2004
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002LU9A8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,276 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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In Iran, two twelve-year-old sisters have lived all their lives as prisoners of their impoverished father and blind mother. The father reasons that he is protecting his offspring from the world, but the arrival of a social worker sees an attempt made to persuade him that the girls need their freedom. Based on a true story, with the real-life sisters and their father playing themselves, this is the debut feature by 17 year-old Samira Makhmalbaf, daughter of acclaimed filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating mock documentary 23 Jun 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Families are massively important. Seventeen year old Samira Makhmalbaf is following her father's, Mohsen, vocation in becoming a highly regarded film director. He also wrote the screenplay for 'The Apple' in which twelve year old twins, Zahra and Massoumeh, have been virtually imprisoned in their own home by their impoverished father and blind mother. Neighbours complained that the children had not bathed and could not speak. Makhmalbaf shows the twins attempting to function beyond their parents' wall after social workers have intervened. Their legs are so skinny that they can barely walk; this could be due to lack of practice or malnourishment. They lack social skills to the extent of being unaware that they have to pay for food.
What makes the film remarkable is that it is based on a true incident and uses the family involved. It seems staggering that the father agreed to participate, although he is portrayed as misguided rather than intentionally cruel. His comments reflect how girls are treated differently to boys in traditional Iranian society: 'God made woman for her to marry' and 'My daughters are like flowers. They mustn't be exposed to the sun or they would soon fade'. Yet this mock documentary refuses to condemn and therein lies its power. Even though the mother is seen swearing at her husband and the social worker, it is easy to muster sympathy seeing her terror when she goes out alone and a child dangles an apple in front of her.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An film that you should not miss 5 Jan 2002
Format:VHS Tape
The Apple is an outstanding drama-documentary. The 'real' actors in The Apple make the film unforgettable. The sad yet true 'story' makes me laugh with tears.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The apple that bit back 17 Jun 2005
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I believe that this movie is the debut film of Samira Makhmalbaf. The entire movie of 'The Apple' is fascinating, yes some would say slow in parts and infuriating in others but riveting viewing none the less. The story line comes over as slightly disturbing but well thought out, witty and intelligent. Initially it looks like a docu-drama and I guess that is the role of this film, in a place where social statements and the plight of women are kept under wraps.
One of the coolest things about this feature is it is based on a true story and the characters are played by themselves.
Brilliant! It's a welcome change from the Hollywood garbage we are subjected to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The World's Greatest Female Director 7 Jan 2012
Samira Makhmalbaf is the world's number one female filmmaker. I have no qualms in giving her that accolade. In the pantheon of great female filmmakers working today there are many greats - Catherine Breillat, Lynne Ramsay, Jane Campion, Lucrecia Martel, Kathryn Bigelow, Kelly Reichardt - but Samira Makhmalbaf stands alone. No one has such a pure, direct cinematic eye. You get the sense that Makhmalbaf, like her father before her, sees in cinematic images. Her cinema seems so natural, so powerful and yet utterly casual and enjoyable.

Iran has one of the worlds most interesting film movements. In Makhmalbaf, they have a filmmaker with, one senses, a vision of what cinema should be. "The Apple" is a film, quite unlike any other, in which Makhmalbaf has completely revolutionised the idea of the movie "based upon real events". Her movie compels the viewer not to judge, just as she does not judge the parents in the story, which makes it all the more moving, perhaps. Her genius as a filmmaker, her maturity as an artist is all the more remarkable when one considers that she was just 17 years old when she made this, her early masterpiece. A unique cinematic artist.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Iranian Film making: reality from a dream 4 Feb 2011
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One of the greatest films from Iran. It constantly challenges you to make up your mind about what next. When you do, you realise that you should have waited till the end. When the end comes, it is never the end as you guessed it.

Stunning and painful realism. Iranian film making at its best.
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