Adam's Apples

Released 2005


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Anders Thomas Jensen
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Adam's Apple is about a neo-nazi sentenced to community service at a church clashes with the blindly devotional priest. Neo-Nazi Adam (tough, stocky, skin-headed Ulrich Thomsen), as a condition of his parole, is sentenced to serve penance at a country church where Reverend Ivan is running things. Reverend Ivan has a very hard time seeing evil in anyone or in any human action, however great a threat to his honor or existence. He requires only that Adam have a mission for his 12-week residency, Adam is to nurture the church's apple tree for the purpose of producing an apple cake as a term project. Unfortunately, before that part of his sentence is reached, a celestial set of punishments is visited upon the poor tree: an attack by ravaging crows, a maggot infestation and a little lightning for good measure. The tree's bounty is a battlefield of symbolic weaponry. The misfortune of having to be here and the unlucky attacks on his tree are tests of fortitude, but nothing compared to the untreatable brain tumor Ivan is. Dr. Kolberg (Ole Thestrup), however, keeps us in the picture with his dire prognoses and failure of circumvention.moreless

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  • 80


    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 trilog...

  • 50

    The New York Times

    Smart-aleck comedy and spirituality aren't incompatible, but in Adam's Apples they cancel each other out.

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times

    The movie is all surface, loudly clamoring for attention and then losing its voice.

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