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THE IMPOSSIBLE

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THE IMPOSSIBLE

Type of media Video

Approved Running time 108m 57s

Ratings Info Contains natural disaster scenes, moderate injury detail and brief nudity

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) J. A. Bayona

Cast includes Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Geraldine Chaplin, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast, Marta Etura, Sonke Mohring

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Video release suitable for 12 years and over icon12

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 12/03/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE IMPOSSIBLE is a drama based on the true story of a family who were caught up in the 2004 tsunami.

Threat

The tsunami breaks over the beach and holiday resort in which the family are staying. Although people and property are seen being washed away, there is little graphic detail. A woman and her son are seen struggling in the water before being reunited during a distressing scene, and later the woman relives the experience when she is anaesthetised before an operation. During the flashback, she sinks through bloody water and there is brief sight of floating corpses.

Injury detail

Injury detail includes a woman's bloody leg wound and a deep cut under her breast. There are also scenes showing a woman in hospital vomiting as the person in the next bed briefly vomits blood. There is sight of bleeding and injured tsunami victims, although there is no emphasis on injuries or blood as the camera is often moving or the scenes are filmed in long-shot rather than close-up.

Nudity

There is brief natural nudity, including a dazed and naked man wandering down a road and a naked woman's corpse. There is also brief sight of a woman's exposed breast after she has been injured and her dress is dislodged.

There are scenes showing distressed or bereaved people, which some viewers will find upsetting. There is also infrequent very mild bad language ('hell').

Details

Title
THE IMPOSSIBLE
Year
2013
Distributor(s)
Entertainment One UK
Classified date(s)
12/03/2013
Main language
English
Other languages
Unknown
Submitted run time
108m 57s
BBFC reference
AVF295440
Remarks
Widescreen

Components List

This work is made up of a number of separate components. Note that since February 2001 the BBFC has measured each component separately, but older works may not have the exact details, only a list of titles

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Rating information

The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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