In one searingly memorable scene about ten minutes into The Impossible, director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) recreates the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in terrifying and vivid detail. What follows is the true story of one family's struggle to survive and reunite amid the chaotic aftermath of the almost unfathomable catastrophe.
Starring Naomi Watts. Ewan McGregor, and young talent-to-watch Tom Holland (in his feature film debut), Bayona's film is at once both epic and intimate, looking an event that affected millions through the eyes of just a few. There is no victory in survival here, no Hollywood surprises or MacGuyver moves to get them through. In fact the characters, based on the real life Belon family, do nothing special to set themselves apart. They are merely five individuals who find themselves, along with tens of thousands of others, in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The film grabbed rave reviews at TIFF this past September, then went on to brake box office records in Bayona's native Spain in October and now, in December, it's finally making its way to screens for North Americans audiences.
We had the chance to sit down with Golden Globe nominee Watts and her co-stars McGregor and Holland to talk about this remarkable family and the pressure and responsibility that comes along with bringing their story to the big screen. Watch the interview below:
The Impossible opens in Toronto on December 21, before opening wider across the country in early January.