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Recently released from prison after serving time for the murder of a child, Jan has always maintained his innocence. He 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.
Winner of many festival awards, this is a wonderful film from Norway is a beautiful and brilliant story. Perfect direction from director Erik Poppe that produces an amazing performance from the actors. The acting, directing, editing, & cinematography are all superlative. The musical score, from delicate strains of orchestral music to an incredible duo of organ and cello are just as amazing. Don't the the subtitles scare you off, take the time to watch this magical gem that seems to be so rare in today's garbage of recycled remakes.
Powerful, no wasted moments, poignant