makers. Among the roster of what looks like some very worthwhile films, there's one I can commend to you for certain: TROUBLED WATER from writer Harald Rosenløw-Eeg and director Erik Poppe (shown just below), both of whom collaborated earlier on Hawaii, Oslo.
Troubled Water has already won two of Norway's official film awards last year (it was nominated for six) as well as walk-
ing away with the Audience Award at the 2008 Hamptons International Film Festival -- which I find a little surprising. Audience awards almost always go to feel-good movies (even sometimes to good feel-good movies) but Troubled Water is too complicated a film to fit easily into that category. It deals with victims and perpetrators who are them-
selves victims, slowly piecing together past and present as it keeps looping back and in on itself -- in order that we might better understand the complexity of the situation and the pain that drives two of the leading characters forward.
Religion plays an interesting part in the puzzle, too, and for a change offers more questions than answers or consolation. One young woman, the church's priest, upon being told she sounds naive, responds, "I am naive; that's why I'm a priest." Troubled Water begins with a kidnapped child and continues through prison, rehabilitation, re-entering society and the lives of the two "families" involved in the situation. Water imagery is fluent throughout, and the many sequences of flashbacks/memories are handled in a more sophisticated manner than usual: They seem closer to the way the human mind actually works than the slick editing-cum-light-show that we often get from filmmakers on this subject.