The Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans

A lighthouse keeper (Michael Fassbender) and his wife (Alicia Vikander) living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat. From writer-director Derek Cianfrance (The Place Beyond the Pines), based on the 2012 critically acclaimed debut novel from M.L. Stedman. Shot in New Zealand (Otago) and Tasmania.

2016Rating: M, Mature themes and a sex scene133 minsUSA, New Zealand
Drama

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The Light Between Oceans / Reviews

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

In adapting and directing M.L. Stedman's novel, Derek Cianfrance (The Place Beyond The Pines), casts a powerhouse acting duo in Michael Fassbender, and Alicia Vikander. They play Tom, a the tortured WWI survivor, and Isabel, his wife. Serving as lighthouse keepers in remote Western Australian, they rescue a baby adrift in a boat, (a Biblical reference to Moses, who was found floating in a basket). Years later they meet the real mother, setting off all sorts of melodramatic machinations: tell the truth, or keep the child they’ve grown to love?

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Time Out

Time Out

Often beautiful and moving, but emotionally it never quite sticks.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

Ladies and gentlemen, let your hankies unfurl.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The film's solemn visual rhythms exert an almost hypnotic spell that for a time gives a heroic dimension to a story as emotionally fraught as a vintage Bette Davis melodrama.

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Stuff

Stuff

Strangely unmoving and the saddest thing about it was leaving the cinema with that packet of tissues intact.

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New York Post

New York Post

Fassbender and Vikander make the film work, just.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

The actors hurl themselves into their roles with sufficient commitment and feeling that you believe in Tom and Isabel completely, even when the creaky narrative machinery around them begins to trigger your skepticism.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

"The Light Between Oceans" winds up taking one too many self-serious twists and turns. The film earns its darkness, but it might have been even more affecting if it didn't shrink from the light.

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