We share with you a post published in ‘Oprah Daily’ in which you can learn more about our speaker María Belón:
“(…) Miraculously, the family whose story is told in The Impossible all survived the disaster. Though the Bennet family in The Impossible is British, the real family that inspired the film is from Spain. María Belón, a physician, and her husband Enrique Álvarez were in Khao Lak, Thailand with their three sons, Lucas, Simón and Tomás when the tsunami struck. Here’s a look back at their remarkable story, and where the family is now. (…)
Belón’s account of the moment the tsunami appeared is nearly as vivid as the scene in The Impossible. “We started to hear a very horrible sound. I was looking around thinking maybe this is just in my mind. No one recognized the sound. It felt like the Earth was coming apart but everything looked perfect. I was facing the sea and saw a huge black wall. I didn’t think it was the sea. I thought it was a black wall coming to get us,” she told The Mirror in 2017.