The Apple (Sib)
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A documentary of an Iranian, impoverished and religious father who kept his twin daughters locked up at home for the first 12 years of their lives.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Veracity is undermined by the very idea that the subjects somehow are actors in their own story -- and yet The Apple is still quite touching."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"Es un cine fundamental, básico y humano que enriquece la diversidad que siempre deberían mostrarnos las pantallas."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"A little bit of Hollywood might have spiced up this fascinating -- but maddeningly slow -- true story."
‑ , E! Online
"As that old axiom goes, truth is stranger than fiction. Unless, of course, the fiction in question is one that's based on some very strange truths."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"A first-time feature from Samira Makhmalbaf, an Iranian filmmaker who mixes fact and fiction to riveting, if disturbing, effect."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Makhmalbaf elicits remarkably unaffected performances."
‑ Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times
"Presents a severe critique of the continued shabby treatment of women in patriarchial societies."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"At once an effulgent exercise in life-affirmation and a bemusingly crude piece of exploitative filmmaking."
‑ Wesley Morris, San Francisco Examiner
"Samira Makhmalbaf was only 18 when she made The Apple, but it is a surprisingly mature, assured piece of work."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"The film would be more effective if, instead of covering just one day, it focused on the enduring effects of the girls' isolation."
‑ Ed Scheid, Boxoffice Magazine
"an allegory of Iran's longed-for emergence from repressive tradition into a more liberating modernity (especially for women)."
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"Makhmalbaf's impeccable feature-film debut is a witty and precociously intelligent docudrama."
‑ John Mount, Sight and Sound
"This tiny, alternately simple and complex movie is fascinating on a number of levels."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"Perplexing and provocative."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"In its own quiet way, Makhmalbaf's auspicious feature debut echoes [a] sense of rebellion not only against such sexual discrimination, but also against all forms of inequality and injustice."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
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