The Apple
The Apple (1999)

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.

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 19, 1999
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

Es un cine fundamental, básico y humano que enriquece la diversidad que siempre deberían mostrarnos las pantallas.

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E! Online

A little bit of Hollywood might have spiced up this fascinating -- but maddeningly slow -- true story.

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Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times

Makhmalbaf elicits remarkably unaffected performances.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Presents a severe critique of the continued shabby treatment of women in patriarchial societies.

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Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner

At once an effulgent exercise in life-affirmation and a bemusingly crude piece of exploitative filmmaking.

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Anton Bitel
Projected Figures

an allegory of Iran's longed-for emergence from repressive tradition into a more liberating modernity (especially for women).

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John Mount
Sight and Sound

Makhmalbaf's impeccable feature-film debut is a witty and precociously intelligent docudrama.

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Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

This tiny, alternately simple and complex movie is fascinating on a number of levels.

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Carlos Magalhães
Samira Makhmalbaf was only 17 when she made this impressive exposé of such a revolting real story and of the blatant gender inequality in Iran - and it is… More
Lucas Martins
The Apple it's one of the exemples that show to us how terrific is the Iran cinema.