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->'''Ivan:''' The devil is testing us.\\
'''Adam:''' By stopping me from baking a cake?

''Adam's Apples'' ([=Adams Æbler=]) is a dense Danish {{Dramedy}} from 2005, written and directed by Creator/AndersThomasJensen and starring Creator/MadsMikkelsen and Creator/UlrichThomsen.

It tells the story of the Neo-Nazi criminal, Adam (Thomsen), freshly released from prison, who is ordered to do some community service under the supervision of Ivan (Mikkelsen), a pastor in a small village parish, joins the community of social outcasts sharing the same fate, and chooses as his goal making an apple pie out of the apples growing in the parish's orchard. The main source of drama in the movie comes from the exploration of the differences between the characters and beliefs of both men, one of whom, in spite of his unusually thorny life, has an unshaken belief in the ultimate goodness of God and his creation, while the second believes only in physical strength and determination. They do not discuss much, but the more they come to know each other the stronger the tension is between them, which results in an unexpected ending with a strong {{A|nAesop}}esopian element which [[GainaxEnding leaves more questions than it solves]].
!!Contains the following tropes:
* AsTheGoodBookSays: After all, Ivan's a minister.
* TheAtoner: In a way, all the characters except Ivan and his son (and maybe Dr. Kolberg).
* BaldOfEvil: Adam, a Neo-Nazi skinhead, has this in the beginning.
* BeliefMakesYouStupid: This is how Adam interprets Ivan's behavior.
* BelievingTheirOwnLies: A rather tragic example with Ivan. His belief in his own lies is not only what stands between him and a probable complete mental breakdown, seeing how his life has been one long parade of extreme misery, it is also what keeps him alive, as his staunch refusal to believe that he has a lethal brain tumor is strong that it is actually hindering the tumor's growth.
* BornUnlucky: Ivan, whose life seems to be a long streak of bad luck. His mother died when he was young, him and his sister was molested by their father on near daily basis throughout their childhoods, leading his sister to eventually commit suicide, his son was born with a severe disability, leading his wife to commit suicide, and he was diagnosed with a lethal brain tumor.
* BreakTheCutie: What Adam tries to do to Ivan.
* ButtMonkey: Ivan, whom God or the universe appears to like screwing with. In spite of this, his optimism and belief in God's goodness (along with everything else) doesn't waver until very late.
* CosmicPlaything: Ivan appears to be this given the difficulties which have afflicted him.
%%* ConsultingMisterPuppet: Gunnar and his cat.
%%* CrapsackWorld
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Eventually it happens to Ivan after Adam [[BreakThemByTalking Breaks Him by Talking]].]]
%%* DeusAngstMachina: Very much.
* DeusExMachina: The ending. Alternatively, and what it's suggested Adam believes, [[spoiler:the real Deus was involved]].
%%* DramaticThunder
* DrivenToSuicide: Ivan's wife, in despair over their son's severe disability. Ivan is in complete denial over it.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Adam finds Ivan's beliefs utterly unfathomable when he starts out, before slowly converting to them.
* FeatheredFiend: The CreepyCrows attacking the apple tree.
* GiveMeBackMyWallet: Adam's response to [[StickyFingers Gunnar's]] attempt to steal his personal things.
* GodIsEvil: Adam's initial belief, which he tries to convince Ivan of given all that he's suffered.
* GodIsGood: Ivan's initial belief, in spite of all he's suffered. Finally it slips due to Adam's breaking him, but he regains it by the end.
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Sarah, who contemplates having an abortion due to being both a single mother and over the possibility that the baby would have Down Syndrome (given that she's forty). Ivan persuades her to keep it, (falsely) citing his own son who he says was supposed to be born disabled but isn't (he actually is). She goes on to have a son with Down Syndrome, but by then she doesn't seem to care.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Adam]], who goes from a Neo-Nazi thug into becoming Ivan's assistant in helping reform other people.
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: One of the Neo-Nazis accidentally shoots Ivan when he attempts to disarm him.
* ImpossibleTask: {{Played with}}. Making an apple pie seems absurdly simple as a goal while on community service, but in the end turns out to be almost impossible.
* InMysteriousWays: Possibly [[AnAesop the Aesop]] of the whole movie.
* TheLostLenore: Ivan's wife, who killed herself before the events of the film.
* MadDoctor: Dr. Kolberg clearly has [[SoftSpokenSadist some issues]].
* MessianicArchetype: Ivan, a special case of [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory Everyone Being Jesus in Purgatory]] (even though he is more strongly suggested to be a Job).
* {{Minimalism}}: The film takes place wholly in a small Danish community with only a bare handful of main characters.
%%* NaziGrandpa: Paul.
* ParentalObliviousness: Taken to extremes in Ivan's case, who absolutely refuses to admit that his son has any disability (he uses a wheelchair) and claims he's just too tired to walk.
* ThePollyanna: Ivan, whose optimism stretches into deep denial of anything bad.
* PluckyComicRelief: Gunnar, but even he is more tragic than funny.
* PreacherMan: Ivan, a pastor in the Church of Denmark who runs a program to help criminals reform.
* PreachersKid: Totally {{subverted}}. Poor Christopher does not have many opportunities to be either very good or very bad.
* ReformedCriminal: Adam, by the end of the film, who gives up his criminal ways and becomes Ivan's assistant.
%%* RuleOfSymbolism
%%* SanctuaryOfSolitude: Ivan's church for Ivan.
* SelectiveObliviousness: Following a life that seems like nothing but one endless streak of bad luck, this behavior has become pathological to Ivan, to point where almost everything he says are BlatantLies (though [[BelievingTheirOwnLies he fully believes them himself]]), such as claiming his severely disabled son is a completely healthy and normal kid, his wife who committed suicide is "around somewhere", and the criminals in his care are all reformed even though they clearly still frequently engage in their old crimes. Ultimately though, his obliviousness is what keeps him alive.
%%* StickyFingers: Gunnar.
%%* TeamPet: Gunnar's cat.
%%* ThoseWackyNazis: Adam and Paul.
%%* VillainProtagonist: Adam.
* WideEyedIdealist: Ivan, in Adam's eyes. He resolutely refuses to see bad in anyone or anything, to the point of completely denying it.