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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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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.
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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 2 months ago by Susan Stoppani
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
I liked it a lot. It is not easy, sometimes it is slow and it tells a difficult story, but it is absolutely worth seeingPublished on 20 Feb. 2013 by Enrico
i watched this whilst i was studying film studies at college and i found this very interesting to watch and as its a true story it really shows you how other people in the world... Read morePublished on 22 Feb. 2007 by Glitzy