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Breaking Surface (2020)

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A winter diving trip in Norway turns into a desperate race against time for two sisters when one of them becomes trapped at the bottom of the ocean by falling rocks.


Joachim Hedén


Joachim Hedén
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Credited cast:
Moa Gammel ... Ida
Madeleine Martin ... Tuva
Trine Wiggen Trine Wiggen ... Anne
Jitse Jonathan Buitnik Jitse Jonathan Buitnik ... Dive Instructor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Remi Alashkar Remi Alashkar ... Tanker Captain's Assistant
Alessio Barreto Alessio Barreto ... Tanker Captain
Irma Jenny Hallberg Irma Jenny Hallberg ... Young Ida
Lena Hope ... Kvinna
Thomas Hoy Thomas Hoy ... Extra
Elle Kohrs Elle Kohrs ... Child under water
Sofia Magdalena Larsen Sofia Magdalena Larsen ... Girl in car
Eskil Nymoen Eskil Nymoen ... Extra
Ingrid Pettersen Ingrid Pettersen ... Young Tuva
Elisabeth Solheim Elisabeth Solheim ... Extra
Aiko Steurs Aiko Steurs ... Child under water


The Swedish/Norwegian half sisters are doing their yearly winter diving in northern Norway. An accident occurs and a rock traps Tuva against the sea bottom 30 meters down. Ida's abilities to handle a crisis are tested hard. On their own without help from the outer world are the sisters forced to rescue themselves.

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Hold your breath.


Action | Drama | Thriller


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Written by Berge / Brundtland / K. Dreijer / O. Dreijer
Performed by Röyksopp
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Beautiful scenery, well shot - but too many things that irritated me
20 December 2020 | by joeri_dpSee all my reviews

As some have reviewed it before me, the movie certainly has good elements:

  • the environment is beautiful !
  • the shots under & above water are really good
  • acting is good

But personally for me, some elements were irritating as hell:
  • the main actress plays a pretty stupid person (some could argue she's maybe inexperienced as a diver and does silly things and/ or attribute her reactions to panic). But still, it's ok to be stupid in a film - but if it starts to be irritating... it's too much
  • I'm a diver and wow some pretty amazing stuff happening under water. Maybe for the non-educated viewer it looks ok, but as a diver ... it's not realistic. The amount of dives/ quick surfacing/ recompressing she's doing... don't think she'd still be walking. Freediving to 33m (in a drysuit), looking for the bottle on the bottom on one breath, ... a lot of those things are not realistic

A pity ! I think with some small finetunings this could have been a very good movie.

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Release Date:

15 December 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Lofoten Islands, Norway See more »


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SEK36,000,000 (estimated)

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2.39 : 1
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