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

 -  Drama  -  19 February 1999 (USA)
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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.

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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.

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

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$116,758 (USA) (25 June 1999)
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Samira Makhmalbaf was able to shoot this film with film stock left over from her father's film _Sokhout (1998)_. See more »

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Moving debut by 17 year old Samira Makhmalbaf
17 April 2014 | by (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – See all my reviews

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 old twins living on a very humble neighborhood in Tehran. Virtually imprisoned in their own home by their impoverished, ignorant, fundamentalist father and blind mother, they were freed by Iran social services after neighbors complained that the children had not bathed and could not speak. Makhmalbaf shows the twins attempting to function beyond their parents' wall after the social workers have intervened. They lack social skills to the extent of being unaware that they have to pay for food. Made when she was just 17 years old (probably with some help from her father, the acclaimed Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf) this film stands very well in the Iranian tradition of social realist, humanist cinema that came out beginning in the mid 1980s. It's so moving, it will be hard for you not to cry while watching it.


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