The fun of telling a unique story like "Submergence" is in its more romantic and human aspects, according to one of its lead actors James McAvoy.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, James revealed that playing a character whose emotional walls break down for love had been interesting, for himself and his co-star, the Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander.
"I think what's interesting about these two characters is they have, certainly for James, for a very work-related reason, he has walls. Very strong and very necessary and active barriers. And for her...she's got barriers as well for her own reasons. So its important to establish those barriers so we could go about the business of breaking them down. The fun of it is being unexpectedly vulnerable in front of somebody, and being completely open to somebody, the shock of that," he said.
In its heart, "Submergence" is ultimately a sweeping love story. Director Wim Wenders said it better than any of us could. He said, "Two people fall in love. They find the love of their lives, but they have both two very dangerous jobs. But that love gives them the strength to endure anything."
"Submergence" tells the story of James (James McAvoy), a British agent under the cover of a water engineer, and Danny (Alicia Vikander), a bio-mathematician working on a deep-sea diving project to explore the origin of life on our planet. On a chance encounter in a remote resort in Normandy where they both prepare for their upcoming jobs, they fall rapidly, and unexpectedly, into each other's arms and a deliriously wild love affair develops, even though their jobs are destined to separate them.
You can watch "Submergence" in your favorite theaters this May 23.
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