OVERVIEW | CAST & CREW
2005 | 94 minutes | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director: Anders Thomas Jensen
Written by: Anders Thomas Jensen
Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Mads Mikkelsen, Nicolas Bro, Paprika Steen
An overly-optimistic preacher with a penchant for taking in lost causes to help around his remote church finds his rose-tinted view of the world challenged by a psychotic neo-Nazi he is trying to reform.
Vicar Ivan (Mads Mikkelsen) prides himself on his efforts to help those in need by offering them a variety of odd jobs around the church and spreading the good word. After ‘adopting’ a violent Saudi immigrant and a drunken tennis pro with a history of sexual assault, Ivan is approached by Adam (Ulrich Thomsen) – a decidedly non-reformed neo-Nazi planning to lie low in the countryside for a spell before returning to the city to once again wreak havoc.
When Ivan asks what Adam’s goal will be during his stay in the countryside, Adam says that he would like to bake a cake – a response which prompts the gullible Ivan to place him in charge of the church’s cherished apple tree.
As ravens immediately descend upon the tree, Ivan concludes that Satan is attempting to prevent Adam from realizing his true potential. Meanwhile, Adam takes it upon himself to give the clergyman a crash course in the harsh realities of life.