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The Apple (1998)

Sib (original title)
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 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 »

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A slice of contemporary Iranian life
6 July 2000 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

_Sib_ offers a glimpse inside Iranian society that is rarely available to Western audiences. It looks and feels like a documentary, and apparently contains actual footage of the freeing of the twin girls who had been confined to the family home for their entire lives.

The blossoming of the two girls, which begins almost the moment that they are chased from the yard by a well-meaning but rather overbearing social worker, is a joy to behold. The scene in which the recently-freed twins steal ice creams from a young street vendor stands out as an example of the comedy that lightens a film that could, given a different treatment, have been relentlessly depressing. As the narrative develops, the father may be seen as a prisoner in his own right, trapped by his traditionalist religious beliefs, his fears for his daughters' safety and by the surprisingly domineering influence of his blind wife. Ultimately, _Sib_ shows that the forced release of the twins is also a release for their father, the nominal villain of the piece.


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