MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 5,714 this week

The Apple (1998)
"Sib" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  19 February 1999 (USA)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 1,554 users  
Reviews: 16 user | 33 critic

After twelve years of imprisonment by their own parents, two sisters are finally released by social workers to face the outside world for the first time.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 titles
created 18 May 2011
 
a list of 23 titles
created 17 Feb 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 27 Nov 2012
 
a list of 32 titles
created 09 Jul 2013
 
a list of 26 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Apple" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Apple (1998)

The Apple (1998) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Apple.
7 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A semi-autobiographical account of Makmahlbaf's experience as a teenager when, as a 17-year-old, he stabbed a policeman at a protest rally. Two decades later, he tracks down the policeman he injured in an attempt to make amends.

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Stars: Mirhadi Tayebi, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Ali Bakhsi
Gabbeh (1996)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An elderly couple go about their routine of cleaning their gabbeh (a intricately-designed rug), while bickering gently with each other. Magically, a young woman appears, helping the two ... See full summary »

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Stars: Shaghayeh Djodat, Hossein Moharami, Rogheih Moharami
The Runner (1984)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Amiro is a young boy who has lost his home during the war. He spends his days by working odd jobs, until he realizes that the only way that he can realize his dreams is by enrolling in ... See full summary »

Director: Amir Naderi
Stars: Abbas Nazeri, Majid Niroumand, Musa Torkizadeh
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The movie focuses on one of the events in Zendegi Edame Darad (1992), and explores the relationship between the movie director, and the actors. The local actors play a couple who got ... See full summary »

Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Stars: Mohamad Ali Keshavarz, Farhad Kheradmand, Zarifeh Shiva
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Set in a leper colony in the north of Iran, The House is Black juxtaposes "ugliness," of which there is much in the world as stated in the opening scenes, with religion and gratitude.

Director: Forugh Farrokhzad
Stars: Forugh Farrokhzad, Ebrahim Golestan, Hossein Mansouri
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

After the earthquake of Guilan, the film director and his son, Puya, travel to the devastated area to search for the actors of the movie the director made there a few years ago, Khane-ye ... See full summary »

Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Stars: Farhad Kheradmand, Buba Bayour, Hocine Rifahi
Ten (2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Ten sequences examine the emotional lives of women at significant junctures.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Stars: Mania Akbari, Amin Maher, Kamran Adl
Kandahar (2001)
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After an Afghanistan-born woman who lives in Canada receives a letter from her suicidal sister, she takes a perilous journey through Afghanistan to try to find her.

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Stars: Nelofer Pazira, Hassan Tantai, Ike Ogut
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Young teen girl Xiu Xiu is sent away to a remote corner of the Sichuan steppes for manual labor in 1975 (sending young people to there was a part of Cultural Revolution in China). A year ... See full summary »

Director: Joan Chen
Stars: Xiaolu Li, Lopsang, Zheng Qian
Close-Up (1990)
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Pretending to be Mohsen Makhmalbaf making his next movie, Hossain Sabzian enters the home of a well-to-do family in Tehran, promising it a prominent part in his next movie. The actual ... See full summary »

Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Stars: Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Hossain Sabzian, Abolfazl Ahankhah
Still Life (1974)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Director: Sohrab Shahid Saless
Stars: Zadour Bonyadi, Mohammed Kani, Hibibollah Safarian
Apple (1995)
Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A young elfin girl named Apple grows up to be a dark sorcerer named Orb.

Director: Damon Packard
Stars: Gayle T. Keller, Christa Kirn, Leanna Satani
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Massoumeh Naderi ...
Massoumeh
Zahra Naderi ...
Zahra
Ghorban Ali Naderi ...
Father
Azizeh Mohamadi ...
Azizeh
Zahra Saghrisaz
Edit

Storyline

After twelve years of imprisonment by their own parents, two sisters are finally released by social workers to face the outside world for the first time.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

19 February 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Apple  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$15,207 (USA) (19 February 1999)

Gross:

$116,758 (USA) (25 June 1999)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Samira Makhmalbaf makes her directorial debut at the tender age of just 17. She is not however the youngest director on record - that accolade belongs to Sydney Ling who was just 13 when he made Lex, the Wonder Dog (1973). See more »

Connections

Featured in The Story of Film: An Odyssey: Episode #1.13 (2011) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
From Darkness to Light
9 March 2000 | by (Ore Mountains, Germany) – See all my reviews

The star-spangled night sky is accompanied by an unimaginable cold. Despite the twenty degrees below freezing I step outside, urged by an irresistible impulse. And I'm already crossing the mountains, driving on a hardened surface of snow. The next cinema is twenty miles away, and tonight it offers a special alternative program. I go inside and suddenly something magic happens: The cold outside world is forgotten, and instead I feel inundated by the warmth and the inspiration of the recent Iranian cinema. I watch "Sib" ("The Apple"), the first movie of 18-year-old Samira Makhmalbaf. It's a semi-documentary, a film about an authentic social case, in which the protagonists portray themselves: A father, a 65-year-old beggar, and a blind mother keep their twin daughters shut in their house for more than eleven years. They are denounced by their neighbors, and a social worker steps in to tell the parents what they have to do. But she has to combat the stubbornness of the father who claims that his daughters are like flowers, and if you let them go out into the sun they will fade and eventually perish.

Precisely the opposite happens: Once liberated, the girls, who at the beginning are unable to coordinate their movements and whose rare attempts of speech are mostly inaudible or incomprehensible, not only start to discover the world but also slowly begin to blossom out. Beams of light are illuminating their eyes as they find new friends and learn how to communicate. In the end they even succeed in sweeping away the barriers of ignorance of their father and lead him on the way to a brighter future.

It is stunning to watch an almost complete transformation like this taking place. The change is both physical and spiritual, and it is a step towards a better world. This movie is a weapon against the void, a remedy for all kinds of hopelessness: it fills you, it enlightens you, it dispels the dark shadows of your life.


11 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Apple (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?