The Lighthouse (2019)

The Lighthouse (2019)

The Lighthouse (2019)

Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson are two New England lighthouse keepers who slowly descend into madness in this psychological thriller from Robert Eggers (The Witch).

Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize (Eggers), 2019 Cannes Film Festival
2019Rating: MA15+, Strong sexual themes and violence110 minsUSA, Canada
HorrorFestival & Independent

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The Lighthouse (2019) / Reviews

Flicks

Flicks, Aaron Yap

The location atmosphere is thick, anxious, pregnant with foreboding. The ocean undulates in the distance, threatening to devour the protagonists whole like some abyssal Lovecraftian gut. The stench of flatulence and boozy bodily fluid fill every damp crevasse of their creaky quarters. As the clockwork drudgery grows increasingly absurd in its endlessness, the glowing, omniscient lamp they’re toiling to keep running becomes an inexplicable vortex of arcane mystery, enchantment and discontent.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Add to the director's formal brilliance two highly committed performances from Pattinson and Dafoe and you have a thrilling gothic vision of madness that may well be an oppressive experience, yet is something to be admired.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

There’s little suspense in any of it – partly because the outcome is inevitable. What’s more, neither man has managed to generate much sympathy, so it doesn’t qualify as tragedy. There is no fall from grace because there has never been much grace to lose. It’s all academic.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Eggers meticulously sets the scene, adds texture and builds tension and mystery from men locked in battle and sometimes in embrace.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

"The Lighthouse" may be a little too in love with its own virtuosity, but who can blame it? At a time when American movies are overrun with shopworn visions, its madness is a balm and a beacon.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

If you’re up for some weird, dense, symbolist gear, then The Lighthouse might just be the beacon in the darkness you’ve been searching for.

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Total Film

Total Film

Peerless filmmaking from a director who's emerging as one of contemporary horror's true greats.

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Time Out

Time Out

It leaves you dazed, terrified and elated, and it signals Eggers as one of the most exciting directors working today.

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The Times

The Times

It has the feel of a newly discovered artefact from FW Murnau (Nosferatu).

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

It's as if this footage has just been unearthed after a century mouldering in a Scandinavian documentary film archive.

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Collider

Collider

There are moments where Pattinson is so transformative it's jarring. You simply never thought he had it in him.

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