Breakthrough, the Christian drama film is based on the Christian book The Impossible, an account of true events written by Joyce Smith with Ginger Kolbaba, and is directed by Roxann Dawson and written by Grant Nieporte. The film tells the story of a St. Louis teenager who slipped through an icy lake in January 2015 and was underwater for 15 minutes before resuscitative efforts were started.

The film stars Topher Grace, Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, Mike Colter, Marcel Ruiz, Sam Trammel, and Dennis Haysbert. DaniElle DeLaite sat down with Chrissy Metz, John Smith, Marcel Ruiz, Mike Colter, Dennis Haysbert, Producer DeVon Franklin and Director Roxann Dawson to talk about the film.

The film is out in the UK on the 17th of May.

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When he was 14, Smith drowned in Lake Saint Louis and was dead for nearly an hour. According to reports at the time, CPR was performed 27 minutes to no avail. Then the youth’s mother, Joyce Smith, entered the room, praying loudly. Suddenly, there was a pulse, and Smith came around.

Breakthrough is based on the inspirational true story of one mother’s unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds. When Joyce Smith’s adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost. But as John lies lifeless, Joyce refuses to give up. Her steadfast belief inspires those around her to continue to pray for John’s recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction. From producer DeVon Franklin (Miracles from Heaven) and adapted for the screen by Grant Nieporte (Seven Pounds) from Joyce Smith’s own book, Breakthrough is an enthralling reminder that faith and love can create a mountain of hope, and sometimes even a miracle.