6.8/10 (IMDB)

Apples

1h 31m Comedy | Drama
Apples
Apples

About

Amidst a worldwide pandemic that causes sudden amnesia, middle-aged Aris (Aris Servetalis) finds himself enrolled in a recovery program designed to help unclaimed patients build new identities. Prescribed daily tasks on cassette tapes so he can create new memories and document them on camera, Aris slides back into ordinary life, meeting Anna (Sofia Georgovasili), a woman who is also in recovery. Through images deadpan, strange and surreal, Greek writer-director Christos Nikou posits a beguiling reflection on memory, identity, and loss, exploring how a society might handle an irreversible epidemic through one man’s story of self-discovery. Are we the sum of the images we compile and display of ourselves, or are we something richer, and deeper?

Director

Christos Nikou

Cast

Aris Servetalis, Sofia Georgovassili, Anna Kalaitzidou

Rating

Not Rated

Year

2022

Country

Greece, Poland, Australia, Slovenia

Language

Greek


Main Trailer


Reviews

  • "A meditation on memory, identity, grief and loss, with the narrative device of a global pandemic thrown in for good measure: APPLES might initially sound like a tough sell. But this hugely accomplished, satisfyingly textured first feature is really something special."
    - Screen Daily
  • "Simultaneously deadpan and dour, somber and surreal, this is a haunting meditation on the manipulation of memory to anesthetize pain, crafted with a meticulous attention to visual and aural composition that makes for arresting viewing."
    - The Hollywood Reporter
  • "APPLES maintains the droll wit and entrancing abstraction of Lanthimos, but the film does not feel quite as drenched in irony. Nikou’s storytelling remains deliberately opaque while also leaving plenty of room for genuine emotional connection."
    - Slashfilm

Awards

  • Dublin Int'l Film Festival
  • Miskolc Int'l Film Festival
  • Ljubljana Int'l Film Festival
  • Dublin Int'l Film Festival
  • Denver Int'l Film Festival
  • Chicago Int'l Film Festival
  • Crossing Europe Filmfestival
  • Philadelphia Film Festival
  • Seville European Film Festival
  • Slovene Film Festival
  • Thessaloniki Film Festival

Festivals

  • Toronto Int'l Film Festival
  • Venice Film Festival
  • Chicago Int'l Film Festival
  • Tokyo Int'l Film Festival
  • Stockholm Int'l Film Festival
  • Miami Int'l Film Festival
  • Hong Kong Int'l Film Festival
  • Moscow Int'l Film Festival
  • Karlovy Vary Int'l Film Festival
  • Leiden Int'l Film Festival
  • Zurich Film Festival
  • Hamburg Film Festival
  • and more...