The Apple

on February 19, 1999 by Ed Scheid
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   The film shows a darker side of the male-dominated society than most Iranian films. The real-life family members all play themselves in natural and unforced performances. The two young girls (Massoumeh and Zahra Naderi), who had been closed off from any outside contact, have odd physical gestures.
   Like most Iranian films, "The Apple" focuses on small details of daily life. The girls' lighthearted adventures as they encounter other children on their first day outside of their house are slight and lack dramatic incident. The film would be more effective if, instead of covering just one day, it focused on the enduring effects of the girls' isolation.    Starring Massoumeh Naderi, Zahra Naderi and Ghdrbanali Naderi. Directed by Samira Makhmalbaf. Written by er eventually released the two girls--and locked their father (Ghdrbanali Naderi) in the house.
Tags: assoumeh Naderi, Zahra Naderi and Ghdrbanali Naderi. Directed by Samira Makhmalbaf, male-dominated, iranian, unforced, dramatic
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