Run time: 91 mins
Filmmaker Christos Nikou’s absurdist Greek drama explores the fundamentals of human identity and how each of us can fit into society.
As a global pandemic inflicts sudden amnesia, 40-something Aris (Servetalis) loses all his memories while riding on a bus. Carrying no identification, he’s assigned the number 14843 and enrolled in the New Identity programme to build a life for himself. Aris knows nothing about himself other than that he loves apples. But little things catch his eye, and he has flickers of memory that he doesn’t understand. As an empty canvas, he will now need to create context and memories for himself. Slowly, he begins pursuing skills and interests, gathering memories, meeting people and rediscovering life.
Seemingly set in an alternate version of the 1980s, Apples is shot in a way that’s both strikingly visual and effectively dull. It takes on an almost soulful feel as it explores Aris’ desire to unlock the secrets of his own identity. It’s fascinating to watch him find tiny slivers of himself. A unique, peculiar, sad and yet hopeful little film that feels perfect for this very moment. (Chris Coetsee)
If you can stand it or wish your own memory of these last 14 empty orchard months, erased – Come.