(directed by Erik Poppe, 2008)
****+ (out of 5)
> Absolutely riveting Danish film about a young man who made a terrible choice that will haunt him for the rest of his life. A child is dead. It was an accident, but his panicked response makes him appear guilty in the eyes of the world- and certainly in the eyes of a grieving mother.
. He serves times, and after his release, he gets a job as a church organist, beginning to reboot his life, as he falls into a relationship with a female preacher and her little boy. But when the mother of the dead boy finds him there and discovers that he is building a family that includes a small child, she cannot abide it, and becomes determined to bring his life crashing down.
. Having been through some similar drama, I will tell you, that as in another fine Danish film called THE HUNT, this filmmaker gets everything right. The stakes keep rising- as our our sympathies become divided. We’re never sure where this narrative is going, and that is a good thing, because it never disappoints. Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen gives a sympathetic performance as the tormented young man and stalwart Nordic actress Trine Dyrholm, (THE CELEBRATION, LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED, is devastating as the grieving and now terrified mother. TROUBLED WATER is tense and heartbreaking and moving cinema about forgiving the unforgivable and the ever present possibility of human redemption.
. This is absolutely riveting filmmaking- just about as good as human drama gets. I cannot imagine why you would not want to see this one…
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