The Impossible

Synopsis: A regular family - Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three kids - travel to Thailand to spend Christmas. They get an upgrade to a villa on the coastline. After settling in and exchanging gifts, they go to the pool, like so many other tourists. A perfect paradise vacation until a distant noise becomes a roar. There is no time to escape from the tsunami; Maria and her eldest are swept one way, Henry and the youngest another. Who will survive, and what will become of them?
Director(s): J.A. Bayona
Production: Lionsgate Films
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 27 wins & 67 nominations.
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114 min

On December 26th, 2004, the deadliest tsunami

on record hit the South East Coast of Asia.

The lives of countless families all

over the world changed forever.

This is the true story of

one of those families.

Oh, God!

Did you....

- ...Did you set the alarm before we left?

- Yes, the last thing I did!

No, I was the last one to leave.

I was the last one to leave

and I'm sure I didn't set it.

No darling, I was the last one out...

and I did, I promise.

- Are you sure?

- Yep!


No, no, I was the last one

'cause I went back in.

And that means the alarm is not set.

Cause I didn't set it.

Well, I guess that means that we be coming

home to a large bunch of hippies...

...sleeping in our bed.

Well, just like your old college days.

It's just turbulence, Maria.

Please Turn Off Electronic Devices.

Ladies and gentlemen, we are about

to begin our descent to Phuket Airport.

The local time is 1:30 in the afternoon...

What are you doing? It's time to sit down,

we are about to land, darling.

Lucas won't talk to me.

Please fasten your seatbelts...

...and return your seat to

the upright position.

Take my seat.

- What did I do? I didn't do anything.

- You're all right, just sit down and stop worrying.

Buckle up!

Sit down please, madam!


- Lucas.

- What?!

You know you could try being a bit nicer to

your brother, he's just scared.

- So what else is new, everything scares him?

- Buckle!

I wonder who he takes off, though.


Take your stuff, don't forget any bags.

Have you been to Kalka before?

No, it's our first time.

This is the best holiday season ever.

The Holidays starts to full,

but this area, it's really quiet.

Great for families.

The archaistic arch is brand new,

which just opened a week ago.

- You'll love it here.

- All right.

I'm sorry, but we made a booking

on the third floor, the sea view room.

I know. We are sorry,

that was a mistake.

But we feel...

you might like this better.

- Where do you come from?

- Japan.

You don't look Japanese.

No, well, I work for a big company there,

and we moved around a lot, you know.

And you, you don't work?

I'm a doctor.

Not practicing right now.

Just taking care of the kids.

I see, you got promoted.

Well, that's nice, isn't it?

- Mom!

- Yes.

- Can I have one of these, please?

- Lucas, if you are thirsty, would you just...

- Use your bottled water.

- Exactly.

- Boys, come and see this.

- Come on.


- I will hand it,

- Oh!

Isn't it great?

- Dad, can we go swimming there?

- Yeah, we could go swimming, yeah.

Ten, nine...

...eight, seven, six...

...five, four, three...

...two, one!




Now my name is coming up.

- Is it?

- Is it? It is going up.

It's going a different way than the others.



- It's catching up.

- Yeah, it's catching up.

Look at that!

It's going up directly.

Good morning.

Good morning.


Here up!

- Wake up!

- What are you doing?

Please help!

- It's Christmas morning.

- Help! Need some help, please!

I go to my gift place in this way.

- Oh, I need to go outside!

- No, no, no.

- Here I go!

- Wait, wait, wait! One at a time!


Oh, a telescope.

A set complete and over stars

in that you can stick on the ceiling.

- The whole moves away.

- I arrange it on top.

- Oh, look!

- Oh, pool scarf!

I love it!

Thank you darling.

I mean Santa Claus.

What about you man?

A ball!

Oh, yeah!


I can't get sleep.

- Tomorrow I get lost!

- Yeah. Sure.

Can we go outside and watch the stars?

We'll get tomorrow.

Just close your eyes and

think of something nice.

Mom, would you go play ball with me?

In a minute, darling, play with Lucas.

- I can't believe you, the post list!

- What?

I hide that thing and I forget

where I put it.

I am on it just to check in to see if there

is a message filled later on in Japan.


There should be about text

saying that O'Neil should...

have been given us two years of extension

on this contract.

Which means the two of us are

doing the same job.

- That can only really mean one thing.

- They can't fire you.

That would be too expensive.

Don't worry!

Well, I do worry. Because we can't

afford to lose this job, can we?

I can go back to work.

- Maybe it's time.

- In Japan?


Oh, you want to go home?

It's not the worst idea, is it?

Well, you should think about it. But I'm

going to play with the boys now, so...

Here, Dad!

It can't be over ward.

Awful, in our pool.

Catch it!

Oh, no!

Go get it, Lucas!

Come on!

Henry the boy!

- Lucas!

- Dad!






- Lucas!

- Mom!


- Lucas!

- Mom, help me!

Get me out of danger!


Mom! Help!


Lucas, stay there.

- Stop!

- Lucas!

Mama, help!

Mama, take a look.


Look at that post!

Mama, were you all right?





Somebody to help!

- Get my hand!

- No! No!

Come on!

Come on!

- Help!

- Lucas!


Come on!





No! No!


- Lucas!

- Help! Ah... hh!


Come on, Lucas!


Mom! Dad!


Mom, Mom.

Mom! Mom! Mom!



Stop, Mom! Stop!


Never do that to me again, Mom.

- Mom! Never do that to me again, Mom.

- I'm here.

Perhaps you can be over there.

- Come on! Come up that tree, that tree over there.

- Yes, yes.

That is perfect. That is perfect.

Oh, look, please! Please, don't!

Don't move!

Stay very still.

I was a brave kid mom,...

but I was scared.

I'm scared, too.

Where is everybody?

I don't know, dear!

I don't know.



You're bleeding, Mom.

Oh, my God!


It's okay.

- I can't see you like this.

- It's okay.


Is it?

You go first.

The tree there, the big one.

You think we can climb it?

Okay, let's go.




Did you hear that?

- Mom, there's nothing we can do.

- Wait!

We are almost there.

We have to get the safety.

No, we have to help that poor-

Mom, if another wave catches us

down here, we will die.

We have to climb

that tree right now.

Come on.

- Where are you?

- Mom, look at you, we need help!

We cannot risk it.

We can't risk it mom. Come on.


What if that boy was Simon or Thomas?

What if they needed help?

- You want someone to help them, wouldn't you?

- Simon and Thomas are dead!

Even it's the last thing we do.

Where are you?


Look there, Mama, I see.

Are you okay?

Okay, okay.

What's your name?

I'm Lucas, what's your name?

- Daniel.

- Okay, Daniel.

To be up here, we gonna get you out, okay?

Lift him.

It's all right. It's all right.

Are you okay?


Are you okay?

Its okay, honey!

Come on!

Just stay here, I'll be back.

- Mom, I'm coming down, give me a second.

- No, I can do it.

- Mom, I'm coming down.

- I can do it, Lucas!

Just stay there, please.

Mom. Mom.

Thank you.


Did you hear that?

Mama, look. They are coming for us.

Hey, over here!


Climb down, Lucas.

Oh, look!

Oh, no!

No, no, no!


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Sergio G. Sánchez

Sergio Gutiérrez Sánchez is a Spanish film director and screenwriter. Sánchez has written and directed his own screenplays for short films such as Temporada baja (2003) and 7337 (2000). Sánchez's first film script was for The Orphanage in 1996. Sánchez originally wanted to direct the script but he was repeatedly turned down by various Spanish production companies. While Sánchez was working on the short film 7337, he met with director Juan Antonio Bayona and offered him the script to direct. The Orphanage was a large hit and Sánchez was nominated for Best Screenplay at the 2008 Goya Awards in Spain.In May 2009, Variety reported that Sánchez would re-team up with The Orphanage director Juan Antonio Bayona, on a production by Madrid-based Apaches Entertainment, Telecinco Cinema, and Spongeman, Bayona's own Barcelona-based label. Sánchez completed a first-draft screenplay in late April. The film, called The Impossible, was filmed in 2010. more…

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