- Actors: Massoumeh Naderi, Zahra Naderi, Ghorbanali 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.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Artificial Eye
- DVD Release Date: 7 Jun. 2010
- Run Time: 84 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B003DQ1322
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,122 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Apple [DVD]
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One of the first films of the Iranian New Wave, The Apple is the extraordinary debut of Samira Makhmalbaf, made when she was just seventeen. Based on a bizarre but engaging true story, the film tells the story of twin twelve year-old sisters kept virtual prisoners all their lives by their parents, who fear that exposure to the sun will cause them to fade. Told with unaffected charm and natural humour, The Apple won the London Film Festival s Sutherland Trophy for best first feature and its young director went on to become one of Iran s most acclaimed filmmakers.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Stunning and painful realism. Iranian film making at its best.
This is a film which is charming and has much natural humour. It is compassionate and above all, shows us something visually through the medium of film which couldn't have been expressed in any other way. Wonderful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing film! Slow for those who prefer action and a faster pace - but with too much speed many subtle details of life are lost. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Susan Stoppani
This film was directed by Samira Makhmalbaf, from the outstanding film family led by her father, who helped her get this film done when she was still a teenager. Read morePublished 15 months ago by ASIA HALEEM
The film presents a father with a blind wife who keep their daughters locked in a yard. Neighbours complain and social services intervene by locking up the father and setting his... Read morePublished on 1 Jun. 2014 by Mike K
Based on a true story and starring the very same people involved in it, this movie (by first time director Samira Makhmalbaf) tells the story of Zahra and Massoumef, twelve year... Read morePublished on 17 April 2014 by Andres C. Salama