6.7/10
3,531
6 user 23 critic

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.

Director:

Mike van Diem

Writers:

Mike van Diem (screenplay), Mike van Diem (screen story) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Alibi I (2008)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

For years, well-integrated ethnic Moroccon Amsterdam screw-up Youssef lied his way trough life, including his ma's matching efforts. Slick wheeler-dealer Rick recruits the born liar for his... See full summary »

Director: Johan Nijenhuis
Stars: Achmed Akkabi, Georgina Verbaan, Frederik Brom
Clean Hands (2015)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A drug lord's wife faces a crisis of loyalty when her husband's cutthroat dealings compel her to flee with their young children.

Director: Tjebbo Penning
Stars: Jeroen van Koningsbrugge, Thekla Reuten, Bente Fokkens
Alaska (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A slaughterhouse worker appears to be romantically involved with his boss's wife. They plan to leave the country together, but at the airport she waits for him in vain. Slowly but surely ... See full summary »

Director: Mike van Diem
Stars: Willem Nijholt, Maeve van der Steen, Coen van Vrijberghe de Coningh
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A lot has changed in the lives of our men, but in the sequel to Mannenharten finding their true love turns out to be everything but a fairytale. So the search continues in full swing.

Director: Mark de Cloe
Stars: Katja Herbers, Barry Atsma, Hadewych Minis
Draadstaal (TV Series 2007)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A weekly comedy sketch show featuring multiple recurring and new characters.

Stars: Jeroen van Koningsbrugge, Truus de Boer, Rachella Kingswijk
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After losing his farm during the floods of 1953, a romantic Dutch farmer is tired of getting his socks wet. He cycles to Italy and decides to grow tulips in the sweltering heat of Puglia.

Director: Mike van Diem
Stars: Ksenia Solo, Giancarlo Giannini, Gijs Naber
Soof (2013)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Soof is reaching 40 and has everything she ever wanted: three children, a small catering business, a sweet husband Kasper and a lovely home. Until she starts asking herself: 'is this all there is'?

Director: Antoinette Beumer
Stars: Lies Visschedijk, Fedja van Huêt, Daniel Karaty
Surprise I (2018)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An anthology horror involving a social gathering of writers on Halloween, where they each tell stories in hopes of winning a local competition.

Directors: Dave Green, Dan McGee
Stars: George Newton, Joerg Stadler, Laura Ellen Wilson
Character (1997)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Jacob Katadreuffe lives mute with his mother, has no contact with his father who only works against him and wants to become a lawyer, at all costs.

Director: Mike van Diem
Stars: Pavlik Jansen op de Haar, Jan Decleir, Fedja van Huêt
Chez Nous (2013)
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When café-owner from Chez Nous has financial problems, six ordinary regular customers organize a squat and steal a valuable necklace from a heavily guarded museum.

Director: Tim Oliehoek
Stars: Alex Klaasen, Achmed Akkabi, Peter Faber
De Marathon (2012)
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

After finding out that they have a debt of EUR40.000 with the tax service, four very out-of-shape men working at a car shop start to train for a marathon, in which they can win the money to pay the debt.

Director: Diederick Koopal
Stars: Stefan de Walle, Martin van Waardenberg, Marcel Hensema
De surprise (TV Movie 1984)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Peter Simons
Stars: Jo De Meyere, Greta Van Langhendonck, Chris Lomme
Edit

Cast

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 ... Marissa de la Rue
Michiel Blankwaardt Michiel Blankwaardt ... Truckdriver
Pierre Bokma ... Security Van Zuylen Foundation
Judith Edixhoven Judith Edixhoven ... Assistant De Wijs
Hubert Fermin Hubert Fermin ... De Wijs
Reinier Hattink Reinier Hattink ... Assistant De Wijs
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on story | See All (1) »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Language:

Dutch | English | Hindi | French | German

Release Date:

2015 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor por sorpresa See more »

Filming Locations:

Beloeil, Belgium

Edit

Box Office

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Georgina Verbaan almost did not get the part of Anne because the German producers preferred a younger actress in the role. Mike van Diem, however, wanted her for the part, and got his way. Verbaan ended up winning a 'Gouden Kalf' for the role, the Dutch equivalent of an Oscar. See more »

Connections

Version of De surprise (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Oblivion
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.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Idiosyncratic, dark, Wes-ish return to form by Van Diem
28 May 2015 | by krisroxSee all my reviews

"De Surprise" marks the long-awaited return of Mike van Diem (of 1997 "Karakter" acclaim). I had no idea what to expect, but wasn't disappointed: it's a clever, self-written, self-produced dark comedy, that surprises with its off-kilter locations, developments and characters.

Starting with a funeral and quickly progressing to boy-meets-girl, the setup is of the well-traveled romcom variety, but the story heads for loftier territories after this and keeps us engaged throughout. Van Koningsbrugge and Verbaan acquit themselves well in parts that require a more understated, highbrow approach than their usual brand of comedy, and - essential for this genre - I rooted for them all the way through.

What kind of bugs me, though: the main characters in "De Surprise" exhibit a Wes Anderson-ish formal approach to emotions, which, combined with a distinct Wes Anderson-ish quirky world view, setting and storyline, almost made me feel like I was watching a WA-movie, only one without Wes' exceptional talents for art direction and editing.

This is not to say "De Surprise" lacks originality: but the day after, it did impress me more as a tight exercise in style than a profound exercise in storytelling - quite unlike the superior "Karakter". It does re-establish Van Diem as an independent, original filmmaker, and here's hoping he'll stick to cinema the upcoming decade.


16 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows to Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse all our free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed