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The Apple

  • Drama
  • 1998
  • Samira Makhmalbaf
  • 81 mins
  • PG

Summary

Fact-based drama, the debut feature of 18-year-old Samira Makhmalbaf, that tells the story of twin sisters who were held captive in a Tehran suburb by their father for the first 12 years of their life. Using the actual family members involved, the film follows the girls' return home after they were taken into care.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

In her first feature, 17-year-old Samira Makhmalbaf makes a quietly ambitious assault on social injustice and sexual discrimination. Scripted by her director father, Mohsen, it's inspired by a scandal that shocked Iran. The tale of 12-year-old twin sisters who finally experience the world after being imprisoned since birth by their ultra-conservative father is re-enacted by the real-life people involved. Demonstrating an astonishing ease before the camera, Zahra and Massoumeh Naderi stand in wonderfully mischievous contrast to the shame and regret of their gnarled father, Ghorban Ali-Naderi. However, while the film is defiantly affirmative, it doesn't attempt to disguise the family's crippling poverty or underestimate the challenges that lie ahead for Zahra and Massoumeh.

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Credits

Cast

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Massoumeh NaderiMassoumeh Naderi
Zahra NaderiZahra Naderi
Ghorban Ali-NaderiGhorban Ali-Naderi
TBCZahra Sagharisaz
TBCAmir Hossein Khosrojerdi
TBCAzizeh Mohamadi

Crew

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DirectorSamira Makhmalbaf

Details

Released on
1998-12-27
Languages
Persian
Guidance
Contains some swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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