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The Light Between Oceans
What consequences will the tide wash up?

The Light Between Oceans

16 Sep, 2016
2 hrs 15 mins
162 votes
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In the years following World War I, Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender), a young veteran still numb from his years in combat, takes a job as a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, a remote island off the coast of Western Australia. As the islands sole inhabitant, he finds comfort in the monotony of his chores and the solitude of his surroundings.

When he meets the daughter of the schools headmaster, Isabel Graysmark (Alicia Vikander), in the local town of Partageuse on the mainland, Tom is immediately captivated by her beauty, wit and passion, and they are soon married and living on the island. As their love flourishes, he begins to feel again, their happiness marred only by their inability to start a family. So when a rowboat with a dead man and infant girl mysteriously washes ashore, Isabel believes their prayers may have finally been answered.

As a man of principle, Tom is torn between reporting the lost child and pleasing the woman he loves, and against his better judgment he agrees to let Isabel raise the child as their own, making a choice with devastating consequences.
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Verdict: A brooding drama that shines bright. The Light Between Oceans, based on the novel by M.L. Stedman is a period romantic drama directed by Derek Cianfrance. Cianfrance gave us Blue Valentine in the past and certainly knows a thing or two about heartbreaks. He manages to reach into and highlight the dark crevices of []... ...Read full review
Prepare for a massive bull market in Kleenex shares. There are oceans of tears in this surging and swirling emotional melodrama from writer-director Derek Cianfrance, adapted from the 2012 bestseller by Australian author ML Stedman. ...Read full review
After spending four harrowing years at war, Tom returns to Australia and takes a job as a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, a remote island off the western coast. Scarred by the war experience, he yearns for solitude and no human contact whatsoever. The picturesque island soothes his mind and Isabel`s love awakens his soul. ...Read full review
There is some Malick-beautiful photography of the sun setting over the ocean at dawn and the wild sea beating the shoreline. But the film suffers from that adapted-from-a-novel feeling of years passing and pain blurring into a cathartic glow. Blue Valentine was hardgoing, an emotional workout equivalent to a 90-minute bootcamp class. This is more like a little gentle yoga. ...Read full review