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The Impossible -- An account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time: the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia.

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Sergio G. Sánchez (written by)
María Belón (story)
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4 January 2013 (USA) See more »
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Nothing is more powerful than the human spirit.
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The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 27 wins & 60 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Naomi Watts ... Maria

Ewan McGregor ... Henry

Tom Holland ... Lucas

Samuel Joslin ... Thomas

Oaklee Pendergast ... Simon

Marta Etura ... Simone

Sönke Möhring ... Karl

Geraldine Chaplin ... Old Woman

Ploy Jindachote ... Caregiver
Jomjaoi Sae-Limh ... Red Cross Nurse

Johan Sundberg ... Daniel
Jan Roland Sundberg ... Daniel's Father
La-Orng Thongruang ... Old Thai Man
Tor Klathaley ... Young Thai Man
Douglas Johansson ... Mr. Benstrom
Emilio Riccardi ... Morten Benstrom
Vorarat Jutakeo ... Doctor in Stockroom
Karun Konsaman ... Young Nurse in Stockroom

Nicola Harrison ... Woman in charge of Simon and Thomas
John Albasiny ... Oliver Tudpole

Gitte Witt ... Norwegian Patient

Bruce Blain ... American Tourist
Celicia Arnold ... American Tourist's Wife
Peter Tuinstra ... American Tourist on Orchid Roof
Esther Davis ... Volunteer in Children's Tent

Dominic Power ... Tourist Near the Orchid
Sarinrat Thomas ... Operating Nurse
Oak Keerati ... Orchid Male Employee
Wipawee Charoenpura ... Woman in Children's Minibus
Laura Power ... Young Nurse in Airplane
Kowit Wattanakul ... Henry's Pick-up Driver
Zoe Popham ... Tourist in Henry's Pick-up
Danai Thiengdham ... Tourist in Henry's Pick-up
Ronnie Eide ... Tourist in Henry's Pick-up
Bonnie Zellerbach ... Tourist at Bus Station (as Bonnie Jo Hutchinson)
Jean-Loup Pilblad ... Tourist at Bus Station
Frank Gun ... Tourist at Bus Station
Giovani Agresti ... Tourist Looking for Francesca
Georgina L. Baert ... Person Looking for Relatives
David Bruce ... Person Looking for Relatives

Natalie Lorence ... Person Looking for Relatives
Sverre Golten ... Person Looking for Relatives
Clare Louise Plunkett ... Person Looking for Relatives
Raphaël Dewaerseghers ... Naked Man
Pisamai Pakdeevijit ... Thai Family in Stockroom
Aratchporn Satead ... Thai Family in Stockroom
Jakapong Srichaem ... Thai Family in Stockroom
Simon Blyberg ... Ferdinand
Christopher Alan Byrd ... Dieter
Namfon Pakdee ... Orchid Female Employee
Georgina Winters ... Patient in Takua Pa Hospital
Dina Kiseleva ... Patient in Takua Pa Hospital
Tan Demir ... Patient in Takua Pa Hospital
Krittanai Youngtrakull ... Emergency Nurse
Takashi Hasegawa ... Japanese Tourist
Kristen Mandel ... Redheaded Woman
Sam Holland ... Kid in the Tent
Harry Holland ... Kid in the Tent
Mara García García ... Kid in the Car
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Russell Geoffrey Banks ... Newly wed (uncredited)
Vanesa de la Haza ... (uncredited)

Philippe Durand ... Shanque (uncredited)
David Firestar ... Hospital Volunteer (uncredited)

Byron Gibson ... Staring man at airport (uncredited)
Olivia Jackson ... Woman by the pool (uncredited)

Marco Naddei ... Young Bus Stop Survivor (uncredited)
Desmond O'Neill ... Lost Man at Hospital (uncredited)

Anteo Quintavalle ... Rescue Volunteer (uncredited)

Directed by
J.A. Bayona 
 
Writing credits
Sergio G. Sánchez (written by)

María Belón (story)

Produced by
Belén Atienza .... producer
Álvaro Augustín .... producer
Ghislain Barrois .... producer
Sandra Hermida .... executive producer
Enrique López Lavigne .... producer (as Enrique López-Lavigne)
Jaime Ortiz de Artiñano .... delegate producer
Javier Ugarte .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Fernando Velázquez 
 
Cinematography by
Oscar Faura 
 
Film Editing by
Elena Ruiz 
Bernat Vilaplana 
 
Casting by
Shaheen Baig 
 
Production Design by
Eugenio Caballero 
 
Art Direction by
Jaime Anduiza 
Dídac Bono 
 
Set Decoration by
Pilar Revuelta 
 
Costume Design by
Anna Bingemann 
Sparka Lee Hall 
Maria Reyes  (as María Reyes)
 
Makeup Department
Itziar Arrieta .... hair stylist (as Itzíar Arrieta)
Tamar Aviv .... special makeup effects artist: DDT
Alessandro Bertolazzi .... makeup & hair designer
Maxime Boquier .... special makeup effects artist: DDT
Sophia Burnage .... assistant hair stylist
Kevin Carter .... special effects contact lenses
Paula Eden .... special makeup effects artist: DDT
Rick Findlater .... hair stylist: Maria
Giorgio Gregorini .... hair stylist: Maria
Aline Hafezi .... art finisher
Hilary Haines .... hair stylist
Sophia Knight .... assistant hair stylist
Sebastian Lochmann .... special makeup effects artist: DDT
Sarah Love .... hair stylist
David Martí .... special makeup effects artist
José M. Meneses .... special makeup effects assistant: DDT (as José Manuel Meneses)
Jordi Morera .... special makeup effects artist: DDT
Raquel Munuera .... special makeup effects artist: DDT
Yago Partal .... special makeup effects concept designer: DDT
Montse Ribé .... special makeup effects artist
Marta Roggero .... key makeup artist
Floris Schuller .... special makeup effects artist: DDT
Vasit Suchitta .... prosthetics: Thailand
Aleix Torrecillas .... special makeup effects artist: DDT
Chiara Ugolini .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Laia Coll .... unit production manager: Thailand
Emilio Giménez .... unit production manager: Alicante
Goyo Gámez .... unit production manager
Sandra Hermida .... production manager
Carolina Lotsberg .... production manager: Telecinco Cinema
Jaume Martí .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Albert Auladell .... third assistant director
Richard Diment .... first assistant director: second unit
Daniela Forn .... first assistant director
Pablo García .... third assistant director
María Giráldez .... third assistant director
Christopher Cartagena González .... director trainee (as Christopher Cartagena)
Óscar Manero .... second assistant director: second unit
Ruth Martín .... third assistant director
Eugenio Mira .... second unit director
Olga Pujalte .... second assistant director: Thailand
Ferran Rial .... second assistant director: Spain
Marc Rial .... third assistant director
Esther Rojas .... third assistant director: second unit
Anna Rua .... second assistant director: Spain
Mónica Sánchez .... second assistant director: Thailand
 
Art Department
Carmen Agulló .... property master
Pablo Buratti .... storyboard artist
Somm Suthinee Chantakarn .... art department coordinator: Thailand (as Suthinee Chantakarn)
Lek Chaiyan Chunsuttiwat .... art director: Thailand (as Chaiyan Chunsuttiwat)
Dolors Company .... on-set dresser (as Dolores Company)
Vanesa de la Haza .... on-set dresser: second unit
Joseph Diaz .... concept artist
José Luis Fernández .... swing gang (as José Luis Fernández 'Katu')
Micky Guyett .... scenic artist
Jason Holland .... painter
Gabriel Liste .... set designer
Javier López Antía .... assistant property master (as Javier López)
Adolfo Martín Crespo .... swing gang (as Adolfo Martín)
Isaac Maté .... painter
Laura Maynadé .... concept artist
Rudy Mercado .... head painter: Spain
Sorayuk Mookleemas .... leadman: Team D. Thailand
Angela Nahum .... assistant set decorator
Aitana Ozaeta .... painter
Marina Pozanco .... art director: pre-production
Marina Pozanco .... art director: segment
Arturo Revuelta .... swing gang
Elena Romagosa .... graphic design
Iñaki Rubio .... property master
Pipat Sripradoo .... props assistant
Rut Villamagna .... prop finisher (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jorge Adrados .... sound mixer: second unit
Marc Bech .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Marc Bech .... sound effects editor
Nicolas Becker .... foley artist
Aymeric Devoldère .... foley editor
Laura Díez Mora .... dialogue editor (as Laura Díez)
Nicolas Fioraso .... foley artist
Peter Glossop .... sound
Cyril Holtz .... foley recordist
James Hyde .... adr recordist
Boi Martínez .... assistant sound editor (as Boi Martinez)
Shaun Mills .... boom operator
Marc Orts .... sound re-recording mixer
Thiago A. Sachs .... sound editor (as Thiago Sachs)
Ric Schnupp .... adr recordist
Andy Stallabrass .... adr mixer
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Oriol Tarragó .... sound designer
Oriol Tarragó .... supervising sound editor
Rodrigo Villanueva .... adr recordist
Dani Zacarías .... sound: Immsound mix
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist
 
Special Effects by
Vince Abbott .... senior special effects technician
Mariano Alvarado .... special effects welder
Wesley Barnard .... special effects technician
Xavi Bastida .... special effects
Jonathan Bickerdike .... special effects technician
Marcin Busko .... special effects technician
Eloy Cervera .... special effects technician
Anthony S. Ciccarelli .... special effects technician (as Tony Ciccarelli)
Pau Costa .... special effects supervisor
Teresa Costa .... special effects set production assistant
Joaquín Dorado .... special effects technician
Javier Jal .... special effects technician
Carlos Laguna .... special effects technician
Angel Pedro Martinez .... model maker (as Ángel Martinez)
Esther Martinez .... special effects welder
Javier H. Moneo .... second unit supervisor
Jordi Morera .... special effects makeup: DDT SFX Crew
Raquel Munuera .... special effects makeup: DDT SFX
Stephen Murphy .... prosthetics sculptor
Julio Navarro .... special effects technician
Pablo Perona Navarro .... special effects makeup: DDT SFX Crew
Connie Oettl .... model maker
Ziad Ragheb .... model maker
Marcos Sagasta .... special effects technician: DDT sfx
Brett Tierney .... special effects technician
Esther Velasco .... special effects welder
 
Visual Effects by
Carlos Adarraga .... digital compositor: El Ranchito
Jorge Medina Alix .... fluid fx artist
Sonsoles Aranguren .... digital compositor: El Ranchito
Eloi Bartolomé .... compositor: Fassman VFX
Félix Bergés .... digital effects supervisor
Katharina Boehm .... break-away model maker
Gerardo Castellanos .... 3d animator: Fassman VFX
Lluís Castells .... visual effects producer: Fassman VFX
Miguel Castrillo .... cgi artist: El Ranchito
Berta Coderch .... visual effects coordinator: Fassman VFX
Aníbal del Busto .... digital compositor: El Ranchito
Alicia del Rio .... digital conform artist
Eduardo Díaz .... visual effects supervisor
Gaston Emery .... cgi artist: El Ranchito
David Esteve .... digital compositor: El Ranchito (as David Esteve López)
Diego Feijóo .... titles
Javier García .... visual effects supervisor: Fassman VFX
Alvaro Gasco .... 3d artist: Fassman VFX
Pablo Hernández-Meléndez .... cgi artist: El Ranchito (as Pablo Hernández)
Antonio Lado .... cgi supervisor: El Ranchito
Ezequiel Larrú .... digital compositor: El Ranchito
Alberto Luceño .... cgi artist
Daniel López-Izquierdo .... compositor: Fassman VFX
Helen Martí Donoghue .... visual effects producer (as Helen Marti Donoghue)
Guillermo Martínez Benavente .... visual effects artist
Inma Nadela .... digital compositor
Emiliano Nanfaro .... visual effects
Guillermo Orbe .... compositing supervisor
Sergio Pinto .... cgi artist: El Ranchito
Ramón Ramos .... digital compositor: El Ranchito
Isabel Revenga .... visual effects artist
Thorsten Rienth .... digital compositor: El Ranchito
Javier Roca .... digital compositor: El Ranchito
Paula Rubio .... digital compositor
Yolanda Rubio .... digital compositor: El Ranchito
Jorge Oliva Ruiz .... digital compositor
Rubén Sanz .... visual effects technical manager: El Ranchito
Gabriel Sitjas .... compositor: Fassman VFX
Rafa Solorzano .... visual effects supervisor (as Rafael Solórzano)
Carlos Trijueque .... digital compositor: El Ranchito
Pepe Valencia .... previsualisation supervisor: Baraboom! Studios
Carolina Pinillos Visscher .... visual effects producer
Fernando Vizoso .... technical director
 
Stunts
Guiomar Alonso .... stunt coordinator
Wesley Barnard .... stunt performer
Mireya Bolado .... stunts
Caren Calderón .... stunt performer
Ignacio Carreño .... stunt coordinator
James Cox .... stunt double: Mr. McGregor
Rodrigo Garcia .... stunt double: Tom Holland
Diego Herberg .... stunts
Olivia Jackson .... stunt performer
Natalie Lorence .... body double: Naomi Watts
Damian Mavis .... stunt double: Mr. McGregor
Belinda McGinley .... stunt double: Ms. Watts
Matthew McGoldrick .... stunt double: Tom Holland
Melvin Mellblom .... stand-in: Samuel Joslin, Thailand
Eduardo Moratilla .... stunt coordinator: underwater work
Giedrius Nagys .... stunt rigger
Ricardo Rocca .... stunts: water tank
Cuco Usín .... stunts: water tank
Miguel Villalba .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alejandra Alonso .... camera trainee
Igor Andrés .... video assistant
Dago Argüello .... electrician: Madrid
Miquel Auguet .... clapper loader
Águeda Balogh .... additional camera
Sergi Bartrolí .... director of photography: second unit
Francisco Boyero .... additional grip assistant (as Francisco Javier Boyero)
Charly Bujedo .... electrician (as Carlos 'Charly' Bujedo)
Jon Mikel Caballero .... making-of
Ferran Calvó .... second camera assistant: second unit
Eduardo Canet .... video assistant
Albert Carreras .... camera operator
Francesc Carreras .... first assistant camera
Francesc Carreras .... focus puller
Salva Castellarnau .... best boy grip
Sergi Castellarnau .... assistant grip
Juan Ramón Climent .... underwater camera assistant
Tato Climent .... assistant camera
Beatriz Delgado .... second camera assistant: second unit
Jordan Dieselberg .... video assist
Zuriñe Etxebarría .... additional camera
Llúcia Faraig .... still photographer: Alcante (as Lucía Faraig)
Ezequiel Fernández .... electrician
Manel Fernández .... rigging best boy
José Luis González Jr. .... grip
Javier González Leonardo .... key grip (as Javi González)
Rubén González .... additional grip assistant
Álex González .... additional camera
Celine Gravez .... second camera assistant
Javier Guerrero .... best boy electric
Juan Carlos Gómez .... second unit: focus puller
José Haro .... still photographer: Thailand
Jacobo Hernando .... additional grip assistant
José Manuel Herrero .... underwater camera operator
Peru Herrero .... electrician: Madrid
Guillem Huertas .... first assistant camera
Guillem Huertas .... focus puller
Sergi Iracheta .... first assistant camera
Sergi Iracheta .... focus puller
Pablo Lago .... additional camera
Fran Lorite .... camera assistant: water surface
Fernando López .... electrician: Madrid
José Ángel Manrique .... assistant grip (as José Manrique)
Celia Martín .... additional electrician
Pablo Montesinos .... video assist
Álvaro Morales .... additional grip assistant
Alejandro Moreno .... camera trainee
Juan Moro Le Mao .... underwater camera assistant
Diego Moyano .... electrician
Samuel Pastor .... additional electrician
Raúl Pavón .... electrician
Raúl Peña .... electrician
Alejandro Pla .... camera operator: water surface
David Polo .... best boy: Madrid
Raúl Pérez .... additional electrician
José Luis Rodríguez .... gaffer
Raúl Soriano .... making-of: assistant
José Tamayo Fernández .... electrician (as José Tamayo)
Pedro Taravillo .... additional grip assistant
 
Casting Department
Jodi Angstreich .... casting: New York
Carmina Balaguer .... child casting: Spain
Abigail Barbier .... adr voice casting
Leticia Criado .... child casting: Spain
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Lucía Escassi .... child casting: Spain (as Escassi Lucia)
Anna Gomà .... child casting: Spain
David J. Gómez .... child casting: Spain
Jeanette Klintberg .... casting: Sweden
Eva Leira .... casting: Spain
Elisabet Lleyda .... child casting: Spain
Howard Meltzer .... casting: Los Angeles
Peter Mossman .... casting assistant
Helena Oliva .... extras casting
María Pineda .... child casting: Spain
Yolanda Serrano .... casting: Spain
Troy Daniel Smith .... casting associate: Los Angeles (as Troy)
Raweeporn 'Non' Srimonju .... casting director: Thailand
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anna Aguilà .... costume supervisor: crowd
Anna Aguilà .... extras wardrobe supervisor
Laurie D. Badger .... costume assistant
Ana Bernal .... costume assistant
Dietke Brandt .... key wardrobe
Sara Cabrera .... costume aging artist
Irantzu Campos .... costume assistant
Mercè Crespo .... costume assistant
Andrea Hood .... extras wardrobe supervisor
Anna Izquierdo .... key wardrobe
Mar Masnou .... costume assistant
Nuria Peña .... costume aging artist
Mutita Na Songkla .... wardrobe supervisor
Preeyanan 'Lin' Suwannathda .... wardrobe assistant: Thailand
Lupt Utama .... costume supervisor: crowd
 
Editorial Department
Quique Cañadas .... digital intermediate colorist
Ana Charte .... first assistant editor
David Cárceles .... post operations manager
Fernando Hervás .... editing trainee
Jaume Martí .... post-production coordinator
Víctor Martí .... post-production coordinator
Nacho Melero .... digital intermediate supervisor
Nacho Melero .... film out
Jorge Ortiz Yus .... telecine (as Jorge Ortiz)
Mathieu Reid .... color timer
Enric Sebastià .... finishing editor
Laura Sánchez .... digital intermediate coordinator (as Laura Sanchez)
 
Music Department
John Barrett .... technical score engineer
Marc Blanes Matas .... music post-production (as Marc Blanes)
Andy Brown .... conductor
Andy Brown .... contractor
Jessica Dannheisser .... orchestrator
Jaime Gutiérrez Domínguez .... orchestrator (as Jaime Gutiérrez)
Stephen McLaughlin .... score producer (as Steve McLaughlin)
Paul Pritchard .... score pro tools recordist
Pablo Uroz .... music post-production assistant
Fernando Velázquez .... conductor
Johannes Vogel .... musician
 
Transportation Department
Teresa Costa .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Juan Antonio Agulló .... assistant script supervisor
Yelco Alvarado .... production staff
Alexis Arderius .... production runner
Cameron Arguelles .... quality control
Celia Bannerman .... acting coach: kids
Susana Biera .... second production assistant
Charles Birns .... production coordinator: new york
Glòria Blanes .... script supervisor (as Gloria Blanes)
Míriam Botí .... additional production assistant
Jon Mikel Caballero .... pre-production assistant
Jo Cameron Brown .... dialogue coach
Javier Lorenzo Carneros .... first production assistant (as Javier Cameros)
Núria Casanueva .... script supervisor (as Nuria Casanueva)
Valentina Coccia .... production coordinator: London
Mariló Cruz .... head accountant
Andrea Cuevas .... first production assistant
Esther Davis .... tutor
Raúl Díaz .... production coordinator
Paloma Espinós .... production staff
Sergio G. Sánchez .... acting coach: kids
Jan García .... production accountant
Marta García .... production staff
Natalia García .... second production assistant
Magda Gargallo .... assistant location manager
Daniel Hernández .... second production assistant
Margarita Huguet .... location manager (as Marga Huguet)
Veronica Jones .... tutor
Laura Jou .... acting coach: kids
Martin Ledwith .... acting coach: kids (London )
Enric Llopis .... production accountant
Jaime Maellas .... location manager
Brad Dirk Martin .... boat captain
Sergio Martinez .... development
Soledad Martínez .... production coordinator (as Sole Martínez)
José Marín .... first production assistant
Miguel Ángel Marín .... personal trainer
Inés Mas .... production secretary
Benjamin May .... acting coach: kids (London )
Bea Mayo .... financial manager
Martin McKellan .... acting coach: kids (London )
Teresa Morales de Álava .... marketing: Telecinco Cinema
Noemi Oliete .... second cashier: Thailand
Nerea Orce .... first production assistant
Mikki Pallas .... assistant: Ms. Watts
Marta Pastor .... production secretary
Néstor Pellegrini .... second production assistant
Rodrigo Perea .... second production assistant
Benjamin Perkins .... acting coach
Benjamin Perkins .... chaperone
Marc Pey .... first production assistant
Antonio Quiñoneros .... additional production assistant
Shima Razavi .... assistant: Mr. McGregor
María Rial .... production staff
Gloria Rúa .... first production assistant
Rita Sabaté .... production staff
Michael Schaefer .... production executive
Mercedes Selgas .... production accountant
Pete Smithsuth .... script supervisor: second unit
Iván Sánchez .... production secretary assistant: Alicante
Jorge Tuca .... head of development: Telecinco Cinema
Fernando Zaragoza .... additional production assistant
Eric Kops .... publicist (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Tomas Alfredson .... the director wishes to thank
María Angulo .... the producers wish to thank
Xavier Collin .... thanks
Desirée de Fez .... the director wishes to thank
Guillermo del Toro .... the director wishes to thank
Leticia Dolera .... the director wishes to thank
Patrick Doyle .... the director wishes to thank
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo .... the director wishes to thank
Michael Giacchino .... the director wishes to thank
Eneko Lizarraga .... the producers wish to thank
Mario Picazo .... special thanks
Paco Plaza .... the director wishes to thank
Javier Ruiz Caldera .... the director wishes to thank
Lluís Segura .... the director wishes to thank
Juanjo Sáez .... the director wishes to thank
Paolo Vasile .... the director wishes to thank
Guillem Vidal-Folch .... special thanks
Agustí Villaronga .... the director wishes to thank
 

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Also Known As:
"Lo imposible" - Spain (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for intense realistic disaster sequences, including disturbing injury images and brief nudity
Runtime:
114 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia) | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:TE | Denmark:15 | France:U (with warning) | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Hungary:12 | India:U/A | Ireland:12A | Japan:G | Mexico:B | Netherlands:12 | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG13 | South Korea:12 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #47446)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to Naomi Watts, the producers of the film heard an interview on Spanish radio where the family told their story of surviving the Tsunami and decided to make a film based on it.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Daniel meets with his father, he says in Swedish - "vad tung du är Johan (how heavy you are, Johan)" instead of the character's name Daniel. This is because the real name of the character Daniel, is Johan, and it's his real father Jan.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Title Card:On December 26th, 2004,the deadliest tsunami on record hit the South East Coast of Asia. The lives of countless families all over the world changed forever. This is the true story of one of those families.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in 70th Golden Globe Awards (2013) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
KamalaniSee more »

FAQ

Why were Maria and Lucas hit by a second wave coming from the opposite direction to the first wave?
What's the long, stringy thing Maria pulls out of her mouth when she's vomiting?
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198 out of 252 people found the following review useful.
A terrible event ... but a moving film, 12 September 2012
Author: Ray Lahey from Canada

THE IMPOSSIBLE (2012)

The 2004 tsunami was one of the deadliest natural disasters on record. Because it occurred in the Christmas season and hit many resort area beaches its death toll of almost 250,000 was indiscriminate, taking not only South Asians but many visiting vacationers. People everywhere were affected by it. My own relatives who were then living in Thailand were destined that day to be on the beach, but, unknown to the rest of us, illness caused them to alter their plans. I personally heard from Thai acquaintances the story of nieces and nephews who excitedly ran to the shore to see the wondrous phenomenon of the receding ocean, only to be swamped by its return. Weeks later, flying over the Indonesian coastline, I could see with my own eyes just how far inland the wave had rushed, and the devastation it had wrought.

How do you frame such a catastrophe in human terms, and present a situation of pure chaos in a way that makes a compelling story? How do you tell such a tale in a way that respects both the lost and the survivors, many of whom suffered personal tragedies as well, and more of whom bore the guilt of survival? How does one story tell some of the many stories of that day? These were among the challenges that faced director Juan Antonio Bayona and screenwriter Sergio G. Sanchez when they decided to put an account of the 2004 tsunami on the screen. Their solution was to deal with one British family on vacation in Thailand from Japan, but their film uses that family as a catalyst to show the tsunami's awful effect not only on the tourist population but on the local people who suffered even more.

Both the film itself and the filmmakers have taken pains to say that this is a "true story," and they have aimed for the greatest possible authenticity in the circumstances. They have based themselves on detailed interviews with the family members and with other survivors, some of whom actually appear in the film. (For example, those who tell their tales to Ewan McGregor at the bus station are almost all actual survivors.) While footage of the tsunami strike itself was shot in a water tank at Alicante on the Spanish coast, and a couple of days filming of interiors took place in Spanish studios, the remainder of this picture was shot on location in Thailand using the real places of the story, such as the Orchid Beach Hotel in Phang Nga, and the actual hospital where much of the action occurs.

The actual Thai locations and the many Thai actors keep the production values superb, and give this film an authenticity it would not otherwise have. So of course do the survivors who take part, whose emotions are sometimes all too real. Many video shots exist of the tsunami hitting the Asian beaches, but no one who was not there can have any real idea of what it must have been like to have been caught up by its waters. Bayona has chosen to focus not so much on the massive power of the tidal wave itself but on the sheer terror and disorientation it must have created for those submerged in it, and upon the human toll it took. But his scenes of its striking are horrific enough to give some sense of its magnitude, even on the screen. Nor does he pull his punches in some of the grisly scenes that follow. The impressive results that display both the striking wave and its terrible aftermath owe much to production designer Eugenio Caballero.

The big names here are Ewan MacGregor as Henry and Naomi Watts as Maria, his doctor wife, while Geraldine Chaplin has a cameo role as a lady who comforts one of their sons on a starlit night. MacGregor and Watts seem to suit their parts, but in a sense they are playing predictable roles. They become a couple literally torn apart, a father having to search among the debris for the remainder of his family and a mother who for much of the picture hovers close to death. The family's three sons are played by Tom Holland (Lucas), Samuel Joslin (Thomas) and Oaklee Pendergast (Simon). The two younger boys are cute as well as being effective, but that is not really a word that suits Tom Holland. The young British actor displays a surprising maturity and delivers a wonderfully measured performance, reminiscent of a younger Daniel Radcliffe. Despite the bigger names involved, it is his portrayal of Lucas that carries the picture since he is the hub around whom events revolve as the individual stories unfold. That is a lot to ask of a young actor, but Holland delivers.

No one story can ever do justice to the events of that day and the days that followed. Nor can a story set in just one location ever capture just how wide-ranging were the tsunami's effects. How can you tell the story of what happened almost simultaneously in Indonesia and India, Myanmar and Malaysia, and eventually affected even the African coast. Thankfully, Bayona doesn't try. He focuses on the few, hoping that through them audiences will better understand the tale of the many. For such a story, The Impossible is perhaps a more than fitting title, but the film works and gives a view that is both visually impressive and dramatically moving.

The Impossible premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2012. It will open in Spain on October 11, and go into general release in North America in the last week of December.

Ray Lahey

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