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Starring: Ulrich Thomsen, Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Paprika Steen
Director: Anders Thomas Jensen
Rating: NC-16 (Coarse Language & Some Violence)
Year Made: 2006




- Trailer




Languages: Danish
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Letterbox
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 34 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Comstar Entertainment




The comedy Adam's Apples is a modern religious fable about belief, and the fight between good and evil. Adam is a neo-Nazi, who is sent on community service with the priest Ivan. Ivan gives Adam the task of baking an apple pie with apples from the tree in front of the church. Meanwhile birds, worms and lightning are attacking the apples. Ivan believes it is the Devil, who is testing them, but Adam believes it is God, because it might be, that evil does not even exist.


This is the first time watching a film by Anders Thomas Jensen, an acclaimed Danish filmmaker. Initial apprehensiveness is won over by its unexpected good surprises. The film is a marvelous black comedy but proven to be deeper and thought-intriguing. It questions the existence of Satan, whether the sufferings and mishaps are the works of Satan or God. Why should God allow the misfortunes to happen to His people if such occurrences are within His Almighty’s control?

For those people who are unfamiliar with the biblical study, the whole film is built on the idea of “Book of Job”. It is strongly recommended to understand its story to fully appreciate this film. Just a note that there can be different versions of interpretation. In a land of Ju, there was a man called Job who has undergone from riches to rags and sufferings. To his friends, they insisted on their assumption that God must have afflicted such misfortunes on him due to his sins, though they have thought that Job, had been a good man, did not deserve such fate.

To God’s given trials, Job responded with equanimity: "The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away; blessed be the name of the Lord." – quoted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Job#Satan_in_the_Book_of_Job

Job understands that through such ordeal, God wanted him to experience, learn and grow to develop into a person with intrinsic attitude parallel to His.

Anders Thomas Jensen, also the scriptwriter, has effortlessly combined profound thinking and interesting bits of humor. The whole film is in Danish, and the only understandable part is the English song “How Deep Is Your Love?” picked to be played during the car journey of Vicar Ivan (Mads Mikkelsen) and Adam (Ulrich Thomsen). The familiar pop song selection by Anders is witty for it has unknowingly served a bond between Ivan and Adam in their friendship after what they had learnt from each other. In the beginning, Adam’s animosity of Ivan is unmistakable and his quest of leaving the church is to destroy Ivan’s overly-optimistic mindset by breaking his utmost faith in God. Will Adam succeed in it? And can Ivan come to his senses and face the harsh reality? What truth lies for Ivan?

Numerous adversaries faced one after the other will easily bring down a man to his helpless sensation. Ivan, a church clergyman, has his faith in God tested.

The lead actors Vicar Ivan (Mads Mikkelsen) and Adam (Ulrich Thomsen) are indeed the souls of the film. Mads Mikkelsen was “Tristan” in 2004 King Arthur movie while Ulrich Thomsen has starred in “Kingdom of Heaven” as the Templar Master. The rest of the supporting cast are relatively unknown to the local cinematic scene but they too demonstrated the wonders in their portrayal.


Comes equipped with a choice of Danish Dolby Digital 2.0 or 5.1.


Just a trailer.



Review by Alicia Tee



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