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April 13, 2014
Somewhat slow and insipid politically correct movie. The camera work and the 18 karat performances make this film enjoyable.
November 5, 2013
very strong drama that's just a tinge convoluted in the end when the two main characters that lead opposing arches find themselves forced to acknowledge eachothers humanity. It does pack an unexpected final twist that will stay with you for a while, as well as a few very confronting emotionally charged scenes that prove once again the miracle that is cinema. Top notch acting by all actors.
June 10, 2013
Is really emotional and real, love it
June 8, 2013
A beautifully shot movie with somewhat unconventional timeline. The story seemed a bit muddled at times, but then again, it makes you think rather than just follow a straight story.
February 17, 2013
DeUsynlige (Troubled Water) (Erik Poppe, 2008)

Troubled Water is a very pretty, very well-acted, quite compelling movie that has just one flaw. Unfortunately, that flaw is a fatal one indeed, and if you notice it, it is liable to poison the entire movie for you. It's not a spoiler-the movie goes into this territory pretty early on-but since it is the kind of thing that is likely to poison the entire film, I will mark it as a spoiler when we get there (the third paragraph of this review), and if you are so inclined and have not seen the movie, you should probably stop reading there. I'll tell you right now it's not a recommend, though-even given this fatal flaw-only by the barest of margins; the movie's strong points are almost enough to overcome this. Given how well the movie has been received, either they do overcome it for many people, or that same "many people" just don't recognize that the flaw exists; to be fair, you have to be in a certain position in your life to recognize it. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Jan Thomas (Max Manus: Man of War's Pal Sverre Valhein Hagen) has recently been paroled from prison. He was sent there for killing a child, and since his arrest he has maintained that the child's death was an accident. He finds himself a job as the organist at a church headed by Anna (King of Devil's Island's Ellen Dorrit Peterson), who has a son, Jens (Into the Dark's Fredrik Grondahl in his screen debut) about the same age as Isak (Jon Vagenes Erikson), the boy who died all those years (ten? fifteen?) ago. Jan Thomas is initially reluctant to interact with Jens, but eventually he and Anna's attraction for one another wins out, and Jan Thomas and Jens start bonding. All goes smoothly until Agnes (Festen's Trine Dyrholm), Isak's mother, discovers Jan Thomas is out of prison and begins stalking him, trying to make him admit to a murder he continues to assert never occurred.

As promised, here's the big SPOILER ALERT warning. Here's the main thing that blew the movie for me: if a child dies on your watch, and it doesn't matter one bit if that death was intentional or not, there is no way in ever-living hell that you are going to treat another child on your watch with the casual air with which Jan Thomas treats Jens once the two of them start becoming friends. Which would normally be a minor annoyance, but that casuality is the mechanism upon which the entire second half of the movie turns; Harald Rosenlow-Eeg (Hawaii, Oslo)'s script turns on this device, pushing it into a far more important place than it should have. Thus, without this particularly choice piece of stupidity... we wouldn't have a movie. There are other, far more minor, pieces of silliness that do rate as minor annoyances in comparison (why the hell, in the flashback scenes, is Agnes pushing Isak, who's supposedly four and definitely very large for his age, around in a stroller? And even if you can justify that, why a stroller that's at least two sizes too small for him? It becomes obvious in the flashbacks pertaining to his death that the boy is perfectly capable of walking on his own), but none of them achieve the magnitude, or the ineptitude, of this one. If you can get past that, it's quite a nice little film, perhaps a little Lifetine Original Movie-esque in the romance angles (both the germination of the relationship between Jan Thomas and Anna and the strained relationship between Agnes and her husband, whose marriage is on the verge of disintegration throughout the film), but compelling enough for all that. If Rosenlow-Eeg had treated the relationship between Jan Thomas and Jens with the intelligence it deserved, and then by default not attempted to make this into the thriller it never becomes, it would have been a very different and, I think, much more compelling film. **
½ October 17, 2012
what a sad and heavy movie but really well done.
August 19, 2012
Watching it right now (after "Four Lions"!). MAX is being good today!
February 20, 2012
This is rather a unique film about redemption, revenge, and responsibility. There are actually two protagonists! But you wouldn't know that from watching the first half of the film, as the second one is introduced midway through, but her story is almost as engaging as the one you signed up to watch. In any case, this is a well-done drama that is worth seeing.
½ January 6, 2012
This is the best movie about forgiveness ever seen. The story unfold in an intelligent and captivating way with flawless acting.
December 18, 2011
Amazing performances + beautifully executed cinematography + fine music = intense, engulfing film.
December 9, 2011
A man out of prison tries to adjust with normal life but increasingly fails - slow burning Norwegian cinema at its finest.
November 21, 2011
Yet another prime example of superb Dutch filmmaking. I am probably partial to English and American films as I've grown up with those, and I've seen plenty of good Spanish and German films, but it seems like everything I've watched out of the Netherlands, without fail, is above average to well above average.

This is a complex story. Two kids make a mistake: they basically kidnap a little boy, probably not meaning to hurt him, but they end up killing him. The one is never part of the story, but the other does his time and becomes an organ player in prison. He gets out and works as an organist in a Catholic church. As the story goes, the mother of the dead child eventually finds him and conflict ensues. It's complex because the kid did something bad. But he's not really a bad person. And man can he play the shit out of that organ.

Acting, story, and writing are top-notch, as they often are in Dutch films. Really best in the world, I think, on acting. The film is well-made with nice shots and chronology, but it does stretch a little. The story is told through different vantage points, so there is a lot of overlap on certain scenes. I think they would have done away with some of this. In a slow movie like this, it's almost too much to watch certain things more than once. Other than that, it was still an effective way to set up the conflict, and the result is a fine, complex drama.-
½ November 21, 2011
This is one of those films that you almost think could survive without dialogue due to the skill of the actors. Every emotion is so intensely accurate. It's a bit long for a film of this type, though, in my opinion.
November 20, 2011
Redemption, Atonement, Remorse, Love and Loss. All these themes played out through the lives of ordinary people.
½ October 27, 2011
A tad too contrived but otherwise good
½ September 10, 2011
Excelente pelĂ­cula!
September 7, 2011
Them Norwegians is heavy yo!
August 10, 2011
A thought-provoking way to end the Summer 2011 Cinematheque season. Great performances, intriguing script, beautifully shot.
August 6, 2011
Great movie on every level!
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