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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.

Director:

Samira Makhmalbaf

Writers:

Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Samira Makhmalbaf (as Samireh Makhmalbaf)
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Massoumeh Naderi Massoumeh Naderi ... Massoumeh
Zahra Naderi Zahra Naderi ... Zahra
Ghorban Ali Naderi Ghorban Ali Naderi ... Father
Azizeh Mohamadi Azizeh Mohamadi ... Azizeh
Zahra Saghrisaz Zahra Saghrisaz
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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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Country:

Iran | France

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

19 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Apple See more »

Filming Locations:

Iran

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,207, 21 February 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$116,758, 27 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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Truly unique Iranian film. See it!
3 October 1999 | by Red-125See all my reviews

"The Apple" (Sib) is a one-of-a-kind movie. It is a semi-documentary, with some recreated footage and some (apparently) real footage. The bare-bones plot describes an extremely poor Iranian family. They have raised their twin daughters in isolation--the children have never been outside their home, and have apparently never spoken to anyone other than the parents. It is obvious that the two girls have significant developmental delays. We will probably never know what percentage of their delays is due to nurture and what percentage is due to nature. (There is a passing reference to malnutrition. Perhaps this also has played a role both prenatally and postnatally.)

A dedicated and resourceful social worker takes the children under her wing. The interaction between the children, their parents, their new friends, and the social worker is fascinating. This movie works as drama, as documentary, and as an insight into problems and solutions in a culture very different from my own. I consider "The Apple" a must-see.


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