Academy® Award winning director, Mike van Diem ('Character') returns to the big screen with an off-beat, charming and romantic comedy, THE SURPRISE.
Jacob’s fabulously rich mother has just died - and he is entirely unmoved. But this is his life. He just never feels any emotions at all. Ever. And frankly, he’s had enough.
So as soon as the funeral is over, he makes arrangements to sell his expansive estate and his fleet of classic cars - and then, almost casually, tries to kill himself.
But he fails miserably - as whenever he tries to do the deed, someone interrupts him, thwarting his plans. Then by chance he finds a matchbox that directs him to a “travel agency” run by the enigmatic Mr. Jones. It turns out that this unusual agency arranges ‘assisted’ suicides in a discreet, though often flamboyant fashion, so that a client’s death looks like an accident...
Excitedly Jacob signs up for their services. He is so completely certain of his decision that he is granted a waiver of the otherwise mandatory 3 week waiting period before the company can ‘assist’ him. Part of the service is being able to choose the time and manner of your death, but Jacob opts for The Surprise. He won’t know how or when it will happen, but it will be very soon!
Then he meets Anne - another client who has also opted for The Surprise. Jacob is a little confused by how much he enjoys their conversation. And so begins a wonderful friendship that turns into something more. And as each day passes, Jacob grows happier and happier with Anne and he begins to experience something highly unusual to him. Could it be an emotion? If only it wasn’t all about to end...
A beautiful and complex story that is at once romantic, melancholic, comical and astonishing - THE SURPRISE is a unique film that will sweep you off your feet and ultimately - surprise you!