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Foreign Comedy - Denmark - Adam's Apples / Adams Aebler


Adam’s Apples – Adams Aebler
Paprika Steen, Mads Mikkelsen, Ulrich Thompson
Written and directed by Anders Thomas Jensen
Danish with English Subtitles
Denmark 2005
Film Movement 2008
94 minutes

A foreign movie tells a different kind of story about a different kind of people and, if it if a foreign comedy, gets a different kind of laugh. Adam's Apples / Adams Aebler from Denmark does all three. This is an odd characters in absurd situations and more based foreign film DVD. It is the weirdest, blackest, most unusual comedy I have seen in quite a while.

In the Danish black comedy Adam's Apples Neo-Nazi parolee Adam (Ulrich Thomson) is sent to a halfway house church run by Pastor Ivan (Mads Mikkelsen). Pastor Ivan is a man who wears rose-colored contacts under rose-colored glasses that have rose-colored flip-ons.  When asked what project he would like to tackle during his stay, Adam dismissively says he wants to bake an apple pie and the pastor takes him at his word.  Any obstacle on the road to that pie is simply God testing them.

There are many surrealistically funny scenes in Adam's Apples / Adams Aebler and you'll be shaking your head in disbelief as often as poor Neo-Nazi Adam. You slowly realize this comedy from Denmark is a modern telling of the Book of Job and a movie about the battle of good versus evil. Fear not, all the Bee Gees and religious symbolism such as the apple tree does not get in the way of a good story.

Adam's Apples / Adams Aebler is a really different and interesting foreign film DVD. The comedy gets blacker and blacker --just like in the Book of Job when you think things can't get worse they do-- yet manages to remain believable and funny.

One minor criticism for this and other Film Movement releases. It is very difficult to read the information on the inside jacket of the transparent clamshell case because of the color illustration behind it. I did appreciate not being force fed previews this time around.

The short included on this Film Movement DVD is Clara, a stop animation film from Australian director Van Sowerwine. Like many shorts it is interesting but doesn't quite hold a story. It did win a special mention at the Cannes Film Festival so there you go.

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