'The Apple' is the haunting first feature by Samira Makhmalbaf, the daughter of Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, when she was just seventeen. Based on a true incident and featuring the family involved, the film tells a bizarre but engaging story. In Tehran, twin sisters live as virtual prisoners of their poor father and blind mother, locked behind bars for all of their twelve years. Their father argues that his daughters 'are like flowers. They mustn't be exposed to the sun or they will soon fade...'. A social worker attempts to persuade him to give them freedom to explore the world beyond the gates of their home.
Pleasantly playful perspective.
- The Apple review by ZS
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You rated this film: 3
This is a docu-style movie following the life of two young female twins in Iran.
The film centres around a clash between a social worker, who wants the children to be allowed out to socialise with other children, and the twins' parents, who are worried about them interacting with boys.
We enjoyed watching the film, chiefly because of some amusing scenes, due to superb dead-pan acting by Ali Naderi, playing the twins' father.
The film style starts off seeming to be overly experimental with a deliberate feel to the camerawork, however quickly finds a natural groove allowing for a pleasant 80-90 minutes.
Overall, we would highly recommend the film, however it was far less enjoyable than the beautiful satires by fellow Iranian lady, Rakhsan Bani Etemad, such as Off Limits and Foreign Currency.