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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
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This is the kind of film that works through powerful acting and great directing. There are no cheap thrills in Troubled Water. No special effects, no monsters or vampires, no explosions, 3D effects, unrealistic car chases, etc. There is just life, human existence, normal people trying to figure out important stuff.
Instead of silicone-inflated cyborg-like individuals who pass for actors in Hollywood, this film has actors who actually look like real, normal people. We are so used to the assembly-line faces and bodies of Hollywood characters, that the actors in Troubled Water look refreshingly attractive. As attractive as only real human beings can be. And these actors even know how to act.
I'm not going to retell the plot of the movie here. Because great art is not about the plot. The story is never as important as the artistic means employed to transmit it. I will only say that Troubled Water is a film that makes you want to come back to it over and over.
Troubled Water is a masterpiece of sad, vaguely depressing, film making where in the end there's no real uplifting message and not a lot of resolution and very few answers. Will it surprise you if I tell you it's a Scandinavian movie?
The movie tells the tale of Jan Thomas Hansen, recently released from prison after being convicted of the murder of a young boy. He's always maintained his innocence and blamed a cohort, of whom we see basically nothing.
Out of prison he gets a job working as an organist at a church. He's quite good and starts a shy, tentative relationship with Anna, the church priest. He also becomes quite fond of her young son, Jens and starts spending time around him...
Meanwhile, Agnes, the mother of the murdered boy, has a parallel story where we see her and her husband and two adopted daughters getting ready to move to Denmark. She's on what appears to be a school field trip to a church and while there notices a suspiciously familiar organist.
Soon all her memories of the events surrounding the death of her child come up to the front of her mind ("I can't drink hot chocolate anymore," she confesses at one point, remembering that she'd been buying hot chocolate for her son when the boy was taken). Initially she just notices the man, makes some vague platitudes about him and wants to move on, but quickly becomes obsessed, especially once she seems him hanging around a young boy...
The movie is about several things. It's about crime and punishment. It's about guilt and how it can consume you from within. It's about a lonely woman and a shy man finding each other. It's about shattered parents trying to move on.Read more ›
I've had dreams about my son being kidnapped before, scarily vivid and heart pounding, as I knew I couldn't reach and rescue him in time before he was whisked away in a dark car by the perpetrators. The helpless, the scream of loss, the terrible realization someone else has your child for whatever reason, at their total control. Rather than deal with the crime itself, DeUsynlige expounds upon the emotions and long-reaching effects the event has not only on the relatives of the victim, but on the murderer as well.
As you can read in the description, its a fairly straightforward premise, and from the details anyone might imagine some of the emotions that might be presented: guilt, rage, grief and love, but the acting is so superb, the direction so subtle yet powerful, the score brilliant, that the sum total makes for an unforgettable, moving film.
Some have complained of it being disjointed, as it is not necessarily presented in sequential order, yet I found the style to be particularly effective for the storyline as any event, especially a crime, can be remembered in different ways depending on your perspective. Certainly the recently released and willing to talk parolee had more knowledge of the actual events than was ever presented in the courtroom. Having lived with the rage, grief and guilt for many years, the grieving parents have filled in pieces of the puzzle to help assuage their own agony, and to try to make some sense of a senseless crime.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting movie, but I felt like I watched it twice with all the interweaving and different perspectives. Engaging until the end.Published 14 days ago by Laura
I really enjoyed this, but as it typical of foreign films, this was unexplored subject matter, not the same thing over and over again that you find with American made movies. Read morePublished 19 days ago by serious
Good emotional tension due to situation. Little insight into motivation for original "crime"Published 19 days ago by nicoleri
I like movies such as this that let me view lifestyles of other cultures. Norway seems like such a 'got it together' place, but that's another discussion. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Robert
Early in this film, Anna, the priest, compliments Thomas, the new organist, telling him that many people can play but he manages to put something different on it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mack E. Tan
this is an excellent movie. very well acted, compelling-suspenseful, sad, poignant-leave you with something to think aboutPublished 2 months ago by AT
Terrible, incoherent waste of time - and the subject matter is beyond dark.Published 2 months ago by Vavinnie