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Jan, recently released from prison after serving time for the murder of a child, has always maintained his innocence and is ready to put the past behind him. A gifted organist, he takes a job at an Oslo church under his middle name, Thomas. His 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 Annas young son, Jens. But 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.
A powerful gem... Its absolutely the best movie Ive ever seen! --Michael Moore, Academy Award® Winning Director
Everything with this film is perfect! [The performances] are fantastic and the direction is without fault. --Alec Baldwin, Academy Award® Nominated Actor
Brilliantly Conceived, Magisterially Orchestrated! --Ronnie Scheib, Variety
What a great movie. It's unique, engaging, and thought-provoking. I could FEEL so much for these characters. The ending brought me to tears. Fantastically and believably acted.Published 4 months ago by Amber
Startlingly dark film with one of Scandinavia's favorites. Pal Sverre (Kon Tiki). Lots of twists and turns in the plot, beautiful music, great cinematography and acting.Published 12 months ago by Michelle Lamb Discher
This film maker is on the leading edge (for the world) in discovering exactly what makes a criminal.Published 13 months ago by Wendy Share
Beautiful and deeply moving. I'm in such a spell after watching that I hardly know what to say.
A few reviewers have complained about "plot holes". Read more
If you don't mind subtitles or if you can speak Norwegian give this film a try. It is not a mystery, but it does have elements of surprise despite not expecting them. Read morePublished 18 months ago by JS
I picked this up when Blockbuster closed their stores. I probably gave each disk about five seconds before putting it back or putting it in a "maybe" pile. Read morePublished 19 months ago by quietstorm