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In a post-Taliban Afghanistan a young woman (Agheleh Rezaie) attends school against her conservative father's will, hoping to learn more about democracy to fulfill her dream of being the country's next president.
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A young girl zealously wants to go to school and learn to read and write. Almost everywhere she is met with hostility or indifference. The only young boy who takes her to his school is ... See full summary »
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.
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Makhmalbaf puts an advertisement in the papers calling for an open casting for his next movie. However when hundreds of people show up, he decides to make a movie about the casting and the ... See full summary »
"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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