Adam's Apples 2005

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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.

Starring:
Ulrich Thomsen, Mads Mikkelsen
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Runtime 1 hour 30 minutes
Starring Ulrich Thomsen, Mads Mikkelsen, Nicolas Bro, Ali Kazim, Paprika Steen
Director Anders Thomas Jensen
Genres Comedy
Rental release Not currently released
Main languages Danish
Subtitles English

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Goldie78 on 5 July 2011
Format: DVD
When it comes to dark humour nobody seems to do it better than the Danes and Adam's Apples is another classic example.

The story follows Adam (Ulrich Thomsen), a Neo-Nazi convict sent to complete his community service at a remote rural church run by Ivan (Mads Mikkelsen) an unbelievably optimistic preacher who is cheerfully in denial when it comes to any "evils" of life or character. When asked to set a goal Adam sarcastically states that he'd like to make an apple pie using apples from apple tree in the church grounds. Ivan takes this statement at face-value and puts Adam in charge of the comically ill-fated apple tree.

The film's characters: neo-nazis, alcoholics, terrorists, priest, doctor and ex-tennis player with light fingers and an eating disorder are all equally maladjusted and had us laughing out loud.

Fantastic casting across the board, Ulrich Thomsen (Adam) plays the bewildered Neo-Nazi perfectly and Mads Mikkelsen (Ivan) is brilliant as ever as the stubbornly cheerful priest. A mention must also go to fuel station robber, Khalid (Ali Kazim) whose Danish is slightly back to front!

I personally think Danish humour translates very well to the U.K, it's oddly eccentric, dark and hilarious! If you're looking for something a bit more than what the mainstream can give you - try a bit of Danish dark comedy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cris on 1 Feb 2013
Format: DVD
I read the story on Wikipedia and wondered if it was the same film. Black comedy, yes, but the comments on there make it sound like a murderfest, whereas I felt it to be a story about a man with an unshakeable faith in good and evil. Not preachy, not maudlin, just brilliant!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Critic Ali Insane on 5 Aug 2010
Format: DVD
Ex-convict Adam (Ulrich Thomsen), the evil incarnate Neo-Nazi with a short fuse, is sent to serve out his community service at the idyllic church centre in the countryside run by an irksome priest named Ivan (Mads Mikkelson), who sees an alternative reality through rose tinted specks thanks to a brain tumour the size of a volleyball; as described by his whacky doctor with a diabolical sense of humour for all things perverse. Gunnar, the rapist and raving alcoholic, and Khalid, the armed robber/terrorist, have convinced Ivan that they're reformed characters and opted to stay on at the vicarage but neither one has any intentions of redeeming themselves when Ivan's idiosyncratic behaviour is so easily manipulated.

Once Adam is shown to his living quarters he makes one adjustment: replacing the cross of Jesus with a framed picture of Hitler. During a brief interview shortly after Adam's arrival, Ivan asks him to come up with a single goal after the completion of which he will be free; he sarcastically opts to bake an apple pie. Neither Ivan or Adam suspects the ensuing cavalcade of crimes, plagues, horrors, and spiritual combat that will follow; where actions always seem to have strange, unintended consequences, and human personifications of good and evil squabble like cat and dog.

Incidentally, the scene with Lambert the cat had me laughing my man boobs off for ten solid minutes: it was sick, twisted and deliriously funny. Ulrich Thomsen's superbly understated performance as Adam is all subtle facial expressions with precision timing whilst Mads Mikkelson delivers his "man without a clue" lines in such a dry manor, making this very dark comedy full of taboo topics and subject matter an absolute riot for any fanatic of this type of questionable humour. The ending is very cliché and predictable but it doesn't spoil the immense fun factor, in fact, it's arguably the best Danish flick i've ever seen - highly recommended.
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By FASTSOUNDS on 21 April 2014
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One of the funniest films i have ever seen. The Coen Brothers crossed with Quentin Tarantino. Very Dark, Brutally funny, but very uplifting in a strange sort of way. Mads Mikkelsen is outstanding in a superb cast. I cannot recommend this film enough.
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By WILLERVAL on 20 April 2014
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This is a very good movie : funny, philosophical, excellent actors. There is suspense as well, you will laugh a lot !
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Everything in this film is so sad and hopeless that it becomes funny. A great dark comedy, it`s brilliance definitely comes from the cast, in particular Mads Mikkelsen and Ulrich Thomsen. The only one thing is that some of the English subtitles haven`t been translated correctly but you can still follow it without any trouble.
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By Stevet on 5 Jan 2012
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This film was recommended to me as a "classic". Not having watched much Scandinavian film in the past, I was very sceptical but ordered it any way from Amazon. What a treat! A fabulous film, brilliantly acted & directed and delivered to me in just a couple of days by the excellant Amazon team.
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