Adams Æbler (2005)
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 every time 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 repetitive. 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.