Cover image for Adam's apples Adams æbler
Adam's apples Adams æbler
Jensen, Anders Thomas, 1972- , screenwriter, director.
Publication Information:
[København] : M & M Productions ; [New York] : Distributed by Film Movement, [2007]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Ivan is the minister at a remote, rural church. A bit of a Pollyanna, he's volunteered the rectory as a half-way house for recently paroled convicts. His current charges are a Saudi immigrant addicted to robbing gas stations and an alcoholic 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 pie. 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's real goal is to shake Ivan out of his rose-colored stupor.
General Note:
Originally produced as a Danish motion picture in 2005.

Special features: Biographies [text feature]; This month's short film Van Sowerwine's "Clara" (7 min.); Also available from Film Movement [text feature]; Trailers from the Film Movement catalog (4 min.); About Film Movement [text feature] ; Stella Artois presents (1 min.).
No evil people -- A good sermon -- Cookies and coffee -- The other cheek -- Just plain rude -- Denial -- A new problem -- Book of Job -- Dying -- Rude people -- Apple pie -- Credits.
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MPAA Rating: Not rated.
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DVD 66180 Adult DVD Media Room-Foreign Language Video

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An overly-optimistic preacher with a penchant for taking in lost causes to help around his remote church finds his rose-tinted view of the world challenged by a psychotic neo-Nazi he is trying to reform in this jet black comedy from Green Butchers screenwriter/director Anders Thomas Jensen. Vicar Ivan (Mads Mikkelsen) prides himself on his efforts to help those in need by offering them a variety of odd jobs around the church and spreading the good word. After "adopting" a violent Saudi immigrant and a drunken tennis pro with a history of sexual assault, Ivan is approached by Adam (Ulrich Thomsen) -- a decidedly non-reformed neo-Nazi planning to lie low in the countryside for a spell before returning to the city to once again wreak havoc. When Ivan inquires as to what his new charge's goal will be during his stay in the countryside, the snide hooligan sarcastically states that he would like to bake a cake -- a response which prompts the gullible Ivan to place him in charge of the church's cherished apple tree. As ravens immediately descend upon the tree, Ivan concludes that Satan is attempting to prevent Adam from realizing his true potential. Meanwhile, Adam takes it upon himself to give the cheery clergyman a crash course in the harsh realities of life. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi