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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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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
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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

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Comedy | Romance

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Language:

Dutch | English | Hindi | French | German

Release Date:

2015 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor por sorpresa See more »

Filming Locations:

Beloeil, Belgium

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Opening Weekend:

€181,785 (Netherlands), 24 May 2015, Limited Release
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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Referenced in De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #7.5 (2015) See more »

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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.
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You should give this a chance
11 May 2019 | by guyblackcatSee all my reviews

In the hands of a typical Hollywood studios this would be a watered down formula movie, but I found the drama to stand out the most. It's a mistake to simply call this a romantic comedy. It is first and foremost a drama starting out as an examination of people in pain. And slowly embracing the quirky yet twisted predicament that ensues.


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