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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.
Official Selection - Sundance, Toronto, Seattle and San Francisco Film Festivals. In Danish with English subtitles.
WINNER - Audience Award - Warsaw Film Festival
Denmark's Submission for Best Foreign Film - Academy Awards®
Official Selection - Sundance Film Festival
Official Selection - Toronto Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Seattle Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - San Francisco Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Cleveland Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Helsinki Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Sydney Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Singapore Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Nordic Film Festival Milwaukee ----
A funny, politically incorrect and, somewhere deep down, thoughtful black comedy. -- --Variety
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Though the film uses Biblical references, such as the story of Job, an initiation story if ever there was one, it's not for the fainthearted, someone who can't handle any violence or blood. Jensen doesn't pull any punches, though he's not excessively gory or anything. There's lots of good dramatic energy here, though, and it's even more fun if you know the symbolism he's using, as I do! Symbolic references abound, since Jensen uses not only apples and trees and Old Testament and New, but ovens and fire, tigers and physical ailments, crows, a psycho shoulder, sacred cups of coffee, and more. The quirky tell-it-like-it-is doctor with his amusing diagnoses is our wise man, the adult in the room; he brings in a typically bare bones Scandinavian perspective that steps outside the drama, into a place where forgiveness is never needed, for that's just life.
I did review this film in my e book sold here on Amazon, linked here. Poetry in Motion: 19 Symbolic Reviews of Transformational Film
ADAM'S APPLES is a highly intelligent film which makes playful use of cinematic conventions and creates its own meaning through all sorts of effective juxtapositions. It really is a work of art.
Inventive and original and inspired, ADAM'S APPLES is a masterpiece. I've never seen a better film!
To the few reviewers whom didn't "get it"...well, not everyone does. Everybody sees things in a different way.
Please believe me when I write that this is not a comedy....not really dark humor BUT somehow on some level this movie moved me in unspeakable terms (I literally was speechlessly sobbing by the end). The twisting of fates and the goodness and humanity of man.
The ending is NOT as expected and there is, indeed, a silver lining!
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