Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts, Geraldine Chaplin, Tom Holland
Produced by: Belen Atienza, Alvaro Augustin, Enrique Lopez-Lavigne, Ghislain Barrois
Rarely has the combination of perseverance, courage and the power of the familial bond been so powerfully rendered onscreen as in Juan Antonio Bayona’s nail-bitingly thrilling portrayal of one family’s fight for survival in the wake of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that devastated the coastal regions of Southeast Asia. Underscoring the jawdropping scenes of the tsunami’s immediate impact is a deeply moving family drama featuring extraordinary performances by Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts as a vacationing couple who have everything, including three vibrant sons (the eldest played by a terrific Tom Holland). But what happens when everything you have—
a beautiful house, loving relationships, vibrant children and a promising career—
is ripped away from you in mere seconds? Based on true events, the sheer force of this human drama proves impossible to resist.
Film Note Writer: Karen Davis