The Impossible

Character: Maria

Directed by: J.A. Bayona

Written by: Sergio G. Sánchez

Produced by: Belén Atienza, Álvaro Augustín, Ghislain Barrois, Enrique López-Lavigne

Cast Members: Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast, Marta Etura, Sönke Möhring, Geraldine Chaplin

Released date: January 4, 2013

Genre: Drama, History

Duration: 1h 54min

The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

→ Nothing is more powerful than the human spirit.
→ One family’s incredible true story.
→ In 2004, a devastating tsunami hit southeast Asia. This is one family’s true story of survival.

♦ For the underwater scenes, Naomi Watts was strapped in a rotating chair. While filming, Watts couldn’t hold her breath any longer and she gave the ‘stop’ sign. Instead of stopping, the chair started spinning the other way around. Later it was revealed that it was a technical error and Watts stated that she felt very scared and hated the chair for that reason.
♦ The family on which this story is based were present during the whole shooting process. They were giving tips, especially Maria Belon who is portrayed by Naomi Watts.

Character’s Quotes
Lucas, look at this place. They’re so busy in here. You get to go and do something. Go help people. You’re good at it.

Script developed by Never Enough Design