The Apple DVD

Samira Makhmalbaf, 1997


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Film Details

Directed by Samira Makhmalbaf

Produced in 1997

Main Language - Farsi with English subtitles

Countries & Regions - Iranian Film, Middle Eastern Film


Massoumeh Naderi, Zahra Naderi


Contemporary DramaIranian FilmMiddle Eastern Film

Film Description

One of the first films of the Iranian New Wave, ‘The Apple’ is the extraordinary debut of Samira Makhmalbaf, made when she was just seventeen. It is an insightful, wise and touching account of a true story that uses the actual people involved in the case.

Two 12 year-old sisters have lived all their lives as prisoners of their impoverished father and blind mother ('if they are exposed to the sun, they will fade like flowers' says the father). The intervention of a social worker frees them to explore the world outside their home.

DVD Details

Certificate: PG

Publisher: Artificial Eye

Length: 84 mins

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 widescreen

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 7th June 2010

Cat No: ART489DVD

Subtitles: English

DVD Extras

  • Theatrical trailer.

Community Reviews

by Anon on 4th June 1999

One of the most fascinating aspects of Samira Makhmalbaf’s marvellous debut is its use of symbolism. Throughout the film, Makhmalbaf employs metaphors which, when exam... Read on


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