ADAM'S APPLES

  • YEAR 5 - FILM 10 / 
  • Denmark and Germany / 
  • 2005 / 
  • Danish with English subtitles / 
  • 94 min
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"A funny, politically incorrect and, somewhere deep down, thoughtful black comedy."
– Gunnar Rehlin, Variety

Synopsis

Ivan is an insanely optimistic preacher who takes in convicts to help around the remote, rural church he ministers to. His current charges are a psychotic Saudi immigrant addicted to robbing gas stations and an alcoholic tennis pro convicted of sexual assault. His newest "helper" is Adam, a vicious neo-Nazi anxiously biding his time before he can return to hell-raising. Asked to set a goal for his stay, Adam sarcastically answers that he'd like to bake a cake. Ivan cheerfully takes that statement at face value and puts him in charge of the parish's pride and joy: the only apple tree in the vicinity.  Grasping the extent of Ivan's crazed, preternatural determination to look on the bright side of everything - Adam immediately decides to shake him out of his rose-colored stupor.

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    SHORT FILM: CLARA
    Directed by Van Sowerwine
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    Rating: NR (Not Rated)
    Language: Danish
    Subtitles: English
    Format: DVD (NTSC)
    Encoding: Region 1
    Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1, Letterboxed
    Screen Format: 16x9 Widescreen (Anamorphic)
    Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
    Closed Captioned: Yes

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Editorial Reviews

June, 19 2005

By Gunnar Rehlin
 
A funny, politically incorrect and, somewhere deep down, thoughtful black comedy, "Adam's Apples" is the third and final film in helmer-writer Anders Thomas Jensen's excellent trilogy centered on oddballs and misfits in Denmark. On home turf, film has already proved a hit...

--Gunnar Rehlin/ Variety - Review

By KL

This religious fable is jarringly wicked and funny. Adam (Ulrich Thomsen), a bald ex-con, steps off a bus in the middle of Danish nowhere. He's greeted by a priest named Ivan (Mads Mikkelsen), who wears shorts and is tall and magnetic in a Tony Robbins way, but boy is he cracked. The film centres on Ivan's quest to get Adam to tend to an unlucky apple tree and Adam's quest to break Ivan of his denial-fuelled goodwill. The film is an enormous amount of fun...

--KL/ Eye Weekly - Review

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