The Apple (1999)




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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.
Art House & International , Documentary , Drama , Kids & Family
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Makhmalbaf Productions


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Critic Reviews for The Apple

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Full Review… | April 3, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Makhmalbaf elicits remarkably unaffected performances.

Full Review… | April 3, 2001
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 1, 2016
Projected Figures

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

Full Review… | March 16, 2005
Uruguay Total

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

Full Review… | August 21, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

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

Full Review… | March 5, 2002
Sight and Sound

Audience Reviews for The Apple

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 really shocking to see that those girls were sent home by the social worker after being discovered in such deplorable conditions.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


The Apple it's one of the exemples that show to us how terrific is the Iran cinema.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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