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Apples

Amidst a worldwide pandemic that causes sudden amnesia, middle-aged Aris finds himself enrolled in a recovery program designed to help unclaimed patients build new identities.
Original title: Mila
(NR, 91 min.)

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Friday, July 8, 2022

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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?
[Cohen Media Group]

Starring: Aris Servetalis, Sofia Georgovassili, Anna Kalaitzidou
Director: Christos Nikou
Languages: Greek
Genre(s): Drama, Comedy

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"Apples is an offbeat treat that manages to embrace ironic distance and emotional weight through a prism of perfectly judged absurdism."

— Empire Ian Freer, Empire

"'Apples' is subtle throughout, but delivers a complex existential journey with deep meaning."

— Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News

"It's a testament to the strength of this lonely and aloof tragicomedy's central allegory that it adapts so well to our pear-shaped times."

— Peter Debruge, Variety

"Apples suggests, with great pertinence, that pandemics create new normals and nothing is set in stone. That said, Nikou's career seems like something we can bank on."

— Charlotte O'Sullivan, London Evening Standard

"The filmmaker performs an astounding feat of maintaining the perfect balance between self-awareness, alienation, warmth, comedy, and pathos. Apples is a singular experience."

— Alex Saveliev, Film Threat

"What might have been the latest oddity of the Greek Weird Wave — or else a surreal collection of live-action 'The Far Side' cartoons — instead feels soulfully relevant as reality aligns with the speculative world Nikou imagined."

— Peter Debruge, Variety

"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."

— David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

"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."

— Wendy Ide, Screen Daily