The Impossible (2012)

Link: The Impossible

Summary: After being torn apart by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, a family struggles to survive and find each other.  Based on a true story.

Thoughts: I thought this film did a very graceful and touching job with some very difficult and sensitive material.  The tragedy of the real-life tsunami provides a heavy foundation for much of the film’s emotional weight, allowing the story of the film to be approached in a very natural manner, without trying to force exaggerated conflict or cheesy dialog into it.  Great acting from all the actors with some tough material.  Director Juan Antonio Bayona and writer Sergio G. Sánchez also worked on the 2007 thriller The Orphanage, which I also very much enjoyed.  I will definitely be on the look out for their future work.  Good film.