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Adams Æbler (2005)

Director:
Anders Thomas Jensen
COUNTRY
Denmark/Germany
GENRE
Comedy/Drama/Crime
INTERNATIONAL TITLE
Adam's Apples
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Adams epler
RUNNING TIME
94 minutes
Producer:
Mie Andreasen
Tivi Magnusson
Screenwriter:
Anders Thomas Jensen


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Adam Pedersen Ulrich Thomsen ½
Ivan Mads Mikkelsen ½
Gunnar Nicolas Bro
Sarah Svendsen Paprika Steen ½
Khalid Ali Kazim
Dr. Kolberg Ole Thestrup ½

 

Review

Anders Thomas Jensen, writer/director of De grønne slagtere returns with this equally offbeat, albeit not quite as stylistically assured or cleverly written black comedy, in which Mads Mikkelsen portrays a priest in complete denial over how badly life has fared with him. Turning the other cheek everytime he gets a chance, he heads a parole program for different types of criminals. Newcomer Adam (Ulrich Thomsen) detests the priest's positive outlook on his miserable life, and wants to crush the lie he is living, using loads of crude violence along the way, which Jensen contrasts, at times hilariously, with Mikkelsen's unruffled appearance. Thematically, Jensen bases his film unequivocally on The Book of Job, interlacing not too deep biblical discussions and allegories with bits of absurd comedy, which hit home until they become repetetive. As such, the film is clever on a superficial and entertaining level, even if it hardly makes you ponder life quite as profoundly as its characters do.

 

Copyright © 2.11.2010 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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