Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) delivers a harrowing tale of survival in The Impossible which had its North American premiere at the Princess Of Wales Theatre On Sunday night (Sept. 9) as part of TIFF.
Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor play the parents of a family of three boys on vacation for the holidays in Thailand when the devastating 2004 tsunami strikes and they are separated.
The scenes of the disaster and its aftermath are brutal.
Needless to say there were lots of waterworks shed in the audience throughout the film, which features incredible performances by Watts and Brit Tom Holland as her eldest son.
As in maybe Oscar nominations for both actors, and even the powerful movie itself?
But the floodgates really opened Sunday night when the real-life family, whose story the film is based on, stood up and were embraced by the cast in front of an applauding, cheering audience on its feet at the movie’s end.
And when the family all joined hands and raised their arms in the air, all bets were off.
You heard it hear first: Bring your hankies.