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Troubled Water -- 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 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.

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26 September 2008 (Norway) See more »
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A man convicted in his teens for killing a child is released on parole. He finds work as a church organist... See more » | Full synopsis »
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4 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Traverse City fest taps 'Water'
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 14 July 2009, 5:00 AM, PDT)

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Puts the "troubled" back in teen. See more (42 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Erik Poppe 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Harald Rosenløw-Eeg  (as Harald Rosenløw Eeg)

Produced by
Jim Frazee .... executive producer
Finn Gjerdrum .... producer
Torleif Hauge .... executive producer
Peter Holthausen .... co-producer
Ørjan Karlsen .... line producer
Stein B. Kvae .... producer
Mads Olsen .... executive producer
Erik Poppe .... executive producer
Pontus Sjöman .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Johan Söderqvist 
 
Cinematography by
Ingeborg Klyve (b-roll)
John Christian Rosenlund 
 
Film Editing by
Einar Egeland 
 
Casting by
Øystein Kjennerud 
 
Production Design by
Kristine Wilhelmsen 
 
Art Direction by
Kristine Wilhelmsen 
 
Set Decoration by
Olivier Marcouiller (decorator)
Karen Søndrol 
 
Costume Design by
Anne Pedersen 
 
Makeup Department
Eros Codinas .... makeup artist
Sara Refsdal .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Anette Ruud Andersen .... production secretary
Kjersti Thorstad .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dag Mørk .... assistant director
James Velasquez .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Pål Fossen .... carpenter
Tom Gammelsrød .... construction manager
Helen Hazeland .... props
Raymond Johansen .... storyboard artist
Reinert Kiil .... assistant property master
Reinert Kiil .... props
Rolf Kise .... carpenter
Kare Martens .... graphic design
Tord Moberg .... props
Eivind Stoud Platou .... graphic design
Caroline Størmer .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Ingar Asdahl .... sound effects editor
Hugo Ekornes .... sound re-recording mixer
Hugo Ekornes .... supervising sound editor
Roy Fenstad .... foley artist
Håkon Garpestad .... sound recordist
Eirik Ingebricson .... foley recordist
Ad Stoop .... sound recordist
Ad Stoop .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Duncan Jarman .... special effects makeup
Rick Marr .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Torgeir Busch .... visual effects
Bente Santi Helle .... digital recording
Aksel Jermstad .... visual effects artist
Espen Skjørdal .... visual effects
 
Stunts
Reinert Kiil .... stunt driver
Kimmo Rajala .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paal Steadi Aleksander .... Steadicam operator (as Pål Odden)
Morten Halfstad Forsberg .... lighting technician (as Morten Halfstad)
Pål Bugge Haagenrud .... additional camera operator
Stian Jorde .... gaffer
Jon Arne Jørgensen .... lighting technician
Chris Karlstad .... lighting technician
Ingeborg Klyve .... first assistant camera
Tom Kopperud .... first assistant camera: second camera
Janne Lindgren .... assistant camera
Janne Lindgren .... still photographer
Robin Ottersen .... second assistant camera: second unit
Knut K. Pedersen .... Steadicam operator
Pål Ulvik Rokseth .... second assistant camera
Joachim Foss Rønning .... lighting technician
Johannes Selvaag .... lighting technician
Martin Solvang .... lighting technician
Patrik Säfström .... camera operator: second unit (as Patrick Sæfström)
Håkon Sørensen .... grip assistant
Petter Sørnæs .... grip
Pål Tohje .... grip assistant
Stig Tonheim .... lighting technician
Roger Tooley .... Steadicam operator
Stig Tvenge .... lighting technician
 
Casting Department
Ingvild Evjemo .... extras casting
Iram Haq .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elin Langhoff .... set costumer
Camilla Lindblom .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Andrzej Kiwala .... color timer
Gry Marhaug .... assistant editor
Liv Risvaag .... colorist
Kjersti Thorstad .... post-production coordinator
Camilla Holst Vea .... film scanning
 
Music Department
Peter Fuchs .... scoring mixer
Uno Helmersson .... assistant composer
Johan Husvik .... music clearence
Iver Kleive .... composer: organ music
Iver Kleive .... musician: organ
 
Other crew
Henrik Dyb Zwart .... production assistant
Eirikur Granneman .... production assistant (as Eirikur Grønnemann)
Simen Hauge Paulsen .... production assistant
Kornelia Lund .... project coordinator
Per Nielsen .... advisor
Lisa Ohlin .... film consultant
Mohamed Saidali .... production assistant
Soad Saidali .... production coordinator
Gunnhild Saur .... project coordinator
Espen Skjetne .... project manager
Stephen St. Peter .... production assistant
Hege Stabell .... location manager
Ingunn Sundelin .... marketing manager
Kristin Tangström .... production secretary
Ingrid Wiese .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"DeUsynlige" - Norway (original title)
"The Invisible" - International (English title) (alternative title)
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Runtime:
115 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/16 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud)

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Puts the "troubled" back in teen., 31 August 2010
Author: dunmore_ego from Los Angeles, California

When "troubled teens" are embroiled in gangs (ONCE UPON A TIME IN America) or drugs (TRAINSPOTTING, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM), it is a life decision, a commitment to those lifestyles that drives their drama.

In the Norwegian film, TROUBLED WATER, a teen commits one thoughtless act that has life-shaking consequences long after he tries to atone for it. He was not driven to it by desire for money, addiction, or broken family, just one lapse in judgment.

Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen won a Norwegian film award for this breakout role as Jan Thomas, who, as a teen, kidnaps a 5-year-old boy. We catch up with Jan in his early 20s, as he completes his sentence in a juvenile jail. We learn he is a principled, sensible guy and a talented organist. He still has flashbacks of that fateful day (that reveal ever more harrowing details) but he wants to put it behind him as he starts a job as a church organist.

Jan seems to find his feet, the church job including an apartment, a bike, welcoming staff (like Terje Strømdahl, who asserts "if he can't get a second chance here, then where?") - and a female priest hot enough to be in ABBA (Ellen Dorrie Petersen as Anna, in her second film role). And Jan gets to rock out with his stops out.

Until the mother of the kidnapped boy recognizes him.

Agnes (veteran Norwegian actress Trine Dyrholm), still mourning her son, mother to two other daughters and a husband who looks like Bjorn Borg (Trond Espen Seim) realizes who Jan is as he performs a stirring version of Simon And Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Erik Poppe (Scandanavian Director of the Year 1994) constructs this tale (written by Harald Rosenløw-Eeg) out of chronological order. As details of Jan's crime are revealed, so too is Agnes's life of subsuming pain for the sake of her family, now opening scabs that will seemingly never heal.

Our allegiances keep flipping from Jan to Agnes and we end up wondering if there is any right resolution to this horrible escalating drama. We are shown every nuanced side of human reaction, from both sides: anger, denial, emptiness, vengeance, warmth, fear, loss of innocence.

As Jan's life coalesces into couplehood with the hot priest and her own 5-year-old, Jens (Fredrik Grøndahl), Agnes is resolute in destroying that relationship completely, to make him feel the loss that he made her feel.

Outside the American system, TROUBLED WATER doesn't need to conform to any arc of redemption. The sun almost shines for Jan, then the waters get dark and cloudy. Wade in...

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