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The Surprise (2015)

De surprise (original title)
After both signing an agreement with a company that offers to end their lives when they least expect it, a dejected millionaire and a disheartened young woman fall in love and have to find a way to get out of their binding contracts.

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Mike van Diem

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Mike van Diem (screenplay), Mike van Diem (screen story) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Jeroen van Koningsbrugge ... Jacob van Zuylen de With
Georgina Verbaan ... Anne de Koning
Jan Decleir ... Cornald Muller
Henry Goodman ... Mr. Jones
Ankur Bahl Ankur Bahl ... Asif
Naveed Choudhry ... Moshin
Oliver Gatz ... Halim
Ronny Jhutti ... Khuram
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elisabeth Andersen Elisabeth Andersen ... Mother
Tamar Baruch Tamar Baruch ... Marissa de la Rue
Michiel Blankwaardt Michiel Blankwaardt ... Truckdriver
Pierre Bokma ... Security Van Zuylen Foundation
Judith Edixhoven ... Assistant De Wijs
Hubert Fermin Hubert Fermin ... De Wijs
Reinier Hattink Reinier Hattink ... Assistant De Wijs
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An eccentric multimillionaire signs an agreement to have his life ended. While selecting his coffin he meets a young woman who has signed up for the same arrangement. Trouble ensues when the couple falls in love and wishes to get out of the contract. Written by N279 Entertainment

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This movie is based on a Dutch short story by Belcampo that director Mike van Diem wanted to adapt for years after winning a Best Foreign Picture Academy Award for Character (1997). It was initially considered for production in the USA, with Scarlett Johansson showing interest in playing the female lead. However, van Diem wasn't convinced that Johansen could do comedy and couldn't come to an agreement with the intended producer, so he took the project back to his native country, the Netherlands. See more »

Connections

Version of De surprise (1984) See more »

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Performed by Gidon Kremer
Composed by Astor Piazzolla
Published by A Pagani Ediz Mus SRL Muziekuitgeverij Kassner Holland B.V.
Collect!© Music Publishers B.V.
Licensed by Nonesuch Records Warner Records Holland B.V.
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Another beautiful movie from Mike van Diem
30 September 2016 | by SameirAliSee all my reviews

Director Mike van Diem is back with his new movie after 18 years.

A mother expecting her death, an emotionless son, the movie begins like this. After the death of his mother, the hero tries several methods to commit suicide, but all in vain. In search of death, he encounters some Indian people who are running a business to help to commit suicide. As usual, he meets the heroine there, who is also looking for the same. Her company brings radical changes in his emotions, he laughs, become angry and as expected hope of life grows in him. Now he needs to get rid of the killers or at-least a delay. The plot is similar to Malayalam movie "Kaakkakkum Poochakkum Kallyaanam". The amazing treatment along with the smaller and bigger "Surprises" makes this movie unique and a different experience.

There are some unique similarities with the director's previous movie "Karakter". The absence of love or in this case, he has a glass barrier between him and the real world. The hero grows up without the presence of his father is also a common factor. Beautiful visuals, production design, actors are the great highlights of the movie.


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Release Date:

2015 (Ireland) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Beloeil, Belgium

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$1,224,452
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