Posted: 01/19/2010


Troubled Water

by Del Harvey

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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 young and beautiful pastor, Anna. Thomas even overcomes his initial panic to return the affection of Anna’s 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. Even though Jan Thomas has served his time, Agnes cannot let go, and sets into motion a series of horrific events aimed at getting to the truth of why her son died at the hands of this seemingly harmless young man.

The exciting thriller-drama Troubled Water will be available on DVD beginning February 12th, 2010, from Film Movement. All Film Movement DVD releases include a short film—this month’s selection is The Kolaborator, from US director Chris Bessounian, and winner of the Emerging Filmmaker Award at the Cannes Film Festival’s American Pavilion. It is set during the violent conflict in the former Yugoslavia , and features a young soccer player who is coerced into becoming a government-sponsored executioner.

Troubled Water is 120 minutes in length, in Norwegian with English subtitles.

Acclaim for Troubled Water:
WINNER – Best Film, Norwegian Film Critics Award
WINNER – Audience Award and Best Narrative Feature, Hamptons Int’l FF
WINNER – Best Actor, Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen (Jan Thomas); Kanon Awards (Norwegian Film Awards 2009)
WINNER – Ecumenical Prize, Norwegian Int’l FF
WINNER – Audience Award, Libertas FF
WINNER – Best Film, Norwegian Film Critics Award
Official Selection – Seattle Int’l FF, Int’l FF Rotterdam, Traverse City FF & Guadalajara Int’l FF, among others…

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Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.

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