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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.


Samira Makhmalbaf


Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Samira Makhmalbaf (as Samireh Makhmalbaf)
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Cast overview:
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


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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Samira Makhmalbaf was able to shoot this film with film stock left over from her father's film The Silence (1998). See more »


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Movie with a Message
31 May 2004 | by prakash_sjSee all my reviews

Director Samira Makhmalbaf in her movie Sib (The Apple) speaks of how two young girls are confined to the four-walls of their house. At a time when women are treated on par with men, it is saddening to see that there are places in this world (Iran for one) where people still consider it taboo to educate the woman child, or as in this movie even let them outside their homes to see how the world looks like.

There's more to it. Their father is a 65-year-old beggar and their mom a blind lady who is paranoid about her daughters going to school or even outside their house. Their folks don't ever keep the girls clean. They are even deprived of a decent bath all these years. The result: The girls are unable to think like normal kids and grow up slightly deranged. Other than the blooming flowerpot outside their house and the sun, the girls have hardly witnessed what God's creation (Earth) looks like. This mere fact shocks viewers IMMEDIATELY. The pathetic plight of the girls will make viewers reach for their hankies.

But there's hope. They do get to come out and see the world and learn things when a social service organization helps them out. What happens, next and how they do it is for you to see.

The movie in its entirety moves more like a documentary and less like a movie. It is definitely not the run-of-the-mill cinema. In-fact it is on a higher plane than even commercial cinema. The social message is so powerful that the movie leaves a strong impression about the future of the woman child in places like Iran etc.

Critically acclaimed, Samira directed this movie when she was only 19. Kudos to her. At a age whilst most of us haven't even figured out life, here is someone who speaks of social problems plaguing third world countries. Must view for those who look for a social message in movies.

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19 February 1999 (USA) See more »

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$15,207, 21 February 1999

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