LOOK BACK: TCFF 2009
We’re bringing back one representative movie from each of our past nine years to give you another chance to see some of the movies that make the Traverse City Film Festival what it is-a celebration of Just Great Movies.
Remembered as one of the most extraordinary opening nights in festival history, “Troubled Water” is so beautifully made, so perfectly conceived and executed, that it fills you with joy just to behold it. Director Erik Poppe’s amazing film follows a young man who has just been released from prison after serving eight years for a terrible crime. A gifted organist, Jan is on a quiet path to redemption, playing in a church and even winning the heart of the church’s pastor and her young son. But he is soon forced to confront his past when a woman whose life has been forever scarred by his actions visits the church with her class. Poppe masterfully structures a dual narrative, telling the story from the perspective of both the woman and the organist. We cannot think of a better film to represent the fifth year of our festival than this intense drama about forgiveness, redemption, and the permanency of the decisions we make.