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Adam's Apples (2005)

Adams æbler (original title)
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A neo-nazi sentenced to community service at a church clashes with the blindly devotional priest.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ulrich Thomsen ... Adam Pedersen
Mads Mikkelsen ... Ivan
Nicolas Bro ... Gunnar
Paprika Steen ... Sarah Svendsen
Ali Kazim ... Khalid
Ole Thestrup Ole Thestrup ... Dr. Kolberg
Nikolaj Lie Kaas ... Holger
Gyrd Løfquist Gyrd Løfquist ... Poul Nordkap
Lars Ranthe Lars Ranthe ... Esben
Peter Reichhardt Peter Reichhardt ... Nalle
Tomas Villum Jensen Tomas Villum Jensen ... Arne
Peter Lambert Peter Lambert ... Jørgen
Solvej K. Christensen Solvej K. Christensen ... Pige på tankstation
Rasmus Rise Rasmus Rise ... Ung fyr på tankstation #1 (as Rasmus Rise Michaelsen)
Jacob-Ole Remming Jacob-Ole Remming ... Ung fyr på tankstation #2 (as Jacob Ole Remming)
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Storyline

Ivan is a priest in a rural church known for the apples that grow on a large tree in front. He's odd: seeing the world through rose-colored glasses, in denial about personal facts, and convinced he's at war with Satan. The rectory is a half-way house for recently paroled convicts. Adam arrives for 12 weeks, a large, tough neo-Nazi, first baffled by Ivan's thick-headed optimism, then angry. He vows to break Ivan's faith. Meanwhile, in exasperation at Ivan's insistence, Adam sets a personal goal: to bake an apple pie. All goes awry for the tree: crows, worms, lightening. The Book of Job gives Adam perverse insight, and his hooligan mates provide the resolution's spring. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Én ulykke kommer sjældent alene [Scandinavian saying equivalent of: When it rains, it pours]

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Denmark | Germany

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

15 April 2005 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Adam's Apples See more »

Filming Locations:

Fåborg, Fyn, Denmark

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,305, 18 March 2007

Gross USA:

$1,305

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,421,577
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Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to the making of-featurette on the DVD, the scene with the crows eating apples was planned to be computer-generated, until a few Czechs showed up with four boxes of real life trained crows, and in the end everything worked out fine for a minimum of cost. See more »

Quotes

Ivan: So, what do you want to do?
Adam Pedersen: [ironically] I wanna bake an apple pie.
Ivan: [seriously] Okay, you'll bake an apple pie! That's your task.
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References North by Northwest (1959) See more »

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How Deep Is Your Love
Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb (as Gibb/Gibb/Gibb)
Performed by Take That
© BMG Music Publishing / Warner/Chappell Music Scand. AB
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One of the greatest danish movies of all time.
8 December 2005 | by Andres_Heger-BSee all my reviews

As an ardent devotee of danish film, I place this film on the top shelf. Right next to the best of directors (without further comparison) like Lars Von Trier, Nicolas Winding Refn and Thomas Vinterberg. I fully believe that this film deserves all ten shining stars. I will recommend it to everyone who appreciates films with a certain visual and emotional freshness and impact. With "Adams Æbler", Anders Thomas Jensen has made his, of my opinion, best movie yet. By far. His Last two movies, especially the first one, "Blinkende luger", was very entertaining, but this one moves beyond.

With his brilliant authenticity in the character of the troubled reverend, Mads Mikkelsen ("pusher", "bleeder", "blinkende luger", "de grønne slagtere") rises up from just being a good bi-actor, to becoming a complete artist of performance. Together with Ulrich Thomsen who plays the Nazi on re-socialization, he carries the viewers through a fresh, shocking, dark, utterly intelligent, and exceptionally both humorous and psychological experience.

Being more than rich on nerve-shattering imagery, great performances, and a very well crafted story, this film also leads a sharp edged, underlying parallel to an ancient story that comes to life in the film, and ends in a brilliant paradoxical way. A powerful movie! 10/10


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