Troubled Water is a wonderful, extremely intense Norwegian drama. The main character, Jan Thomas Hansen, is released from prison after serving time for the murder of a child. He has always maintained his innocence and is ready to put the past behind him. An extraordinarily gifted organist, he takes a job at an Oslo church under his middle name, Thomas.
His obvious talent and gentle manner quickly earn him the respect of his superiors, as well as the love of the pastor, Anna. Thomas even overcomes his initial panic to return the affection of Anna’s young son, Jens, despite the fact that the events leading to his imprisonment still haunt him. Then his past catches up with him when Agnes, a local teacher, comes to the church on a school visit and recognizes the organist as Jan, the young man who was convicted for the murder of her son.
Seeing Jan reopens the wounds in Agnes’ heart. Soon all of her memories of the events surrounding the death of her child come back in a rush of emotion and despair. She still does not know what really happened to her son. Quickly she becomes obsessed, especially when she sees Jan spending time with a young boy.
Troubled Water tells a tale of crime, punishment, pain, suffering, guilt and forgiveness in a subdued but very powerful way. It is quite spellbinding, quite sad. Troubled Water is an intelligent, excellently made movie that I strongly recommend. It is one of the best films I have ever seen.
Product Details (US version)
- Actors: Pal Sverre Valheim Hagen – Jan Thomas, Trine Dyrholm – Agnes, Ellen Dorrit Petersen – Anna, Trond Espen Seim – Jon
- Directors: Erik Poppe
- Format: Color, DVD, NTSC
- Language: Norwegian, English
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: Unrated
- Studio: Film Movement
- DVD Release Date: February 9, 2010
- Run Time: 120 minutes