Jul 1, 2022
What this surreal microcosm ends up conveying about the human experience extends past the frame and into viewers’ hearts and minds.
Jul 1, 2022
It all sounds bizarre on paper. But Apples, the first feature from the director and co-writer Christos Nikou, unfolds with an understated deadpan wit that makes even its weirder touches seem plausible, even logical.
Jun 29, 2022
“Apples” subtly delivers a complex existential journey with deep meaning.
Jun 28, 2022
[Christos Nikou] has pulled off a neat little trick: He’s told a story that, for reasons that are more easily felt than explained, is hard to shake off.
Jun 25, 2022
There's a melancholy restraint to it, along with a surrealism that is so bizarre that you can't help but laugh.
Jun 24, 2022
Nikou blends subtle comedy and tragedy to create a quietly moving cinematic experience.
Jun 23, 2022
Even if one considers “Apples” part of the so-called Greek Weird Wave, such a subtly thoughtful and soothing approach to probe at existential concerns, rather than being predictably cynical or violent, makes it stand out.
Jun 23, 2022
Mr. Nikou exhibits both a colorful imagination and a deft hand as a director. His is a name to be remembered.
Jun 23, 2022
The movie never manages to hit above a dim emotional pitch, and a final-act awakening lands with a shrug.
Jun 17, 2022
What Nikou evokes, with a haunting prescience, is the air of a stunned world.
May 14, 2021
There's something resonant and recognisable in its tale of literally learning how to live again in the wake of disorienting trauma.
May 9, 2021
It's a deadpan tragicomedy that mixes the playful and the poignant in a manner as tasty as a spitter - the bittersweet apples treasured by cidermakers as the perfect fuel for fermentation.
May 8, 2021
Deep, yet funny.
May 8, 2021
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.
May 7, 2021
While occasionally too muted for its own good, Apples does benefit from not pushing its quirk factor too hard - that would only have set up a barrier between us and Servetalis's hollow detachment.
May 7, 2021
It's a tender but slight debut from Nikou, though certainly signals him as a filmmaker to keep an eye on.
May 6, 2021
Apples is intriguingly deadpan and sometimes funny, though I couldn't help feeling that it is also contrived, and even a bit flippant in a middleweight-arthouse mode...
May 5, 2021
The question of what we might be when we can't remember who we are is made fresh once more. The answer, not so weirdly, is altogether moving.
May 5, 2021
Here Nikou satirises the banality of the human condition by reducing to a standardised bucket list the experiences (joining a protest, crashing a car, a one-night stand) that we imagine constitute our very individuality.
May 5, 2021
Apples is an offbeat treat that manages to embrace ironic distance and emotional weight through a prism of perfectly judged absurdism.