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The Apple
The Apple
785 Ratings


In Tehran, 12-year-old twin sisters have lived as prisoners in their house since they were born, imprisoned by their father and blind mother. The father argues: “My daughters are like flowers. They may wither with the sun.” But a social worker tries to persuade him that the girls need their freedom.

Our take

Treading the boundary of reenactment and fiction, Samira Makhmalbaf’s directorial debut—shot when she was 17 years old—sheds light on a harrowing true story of familial subjugation by casting its real-life subjects. A formidable work of social commentary that invokes the cathartic power of cinema.