• The Light Between Oceans (2016)

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The Light Between Oceans

Release Date: September 2nd, 2016

DVD Release Date: January 24th, 2017

PG-13 |2 hr 13 min

Plot Summary

Tom is a World War I veteran who maintains a lighthouse off the shore of Australia with his wife Isabel, a woman desperate to have a baby. Her prayers are answered when an infant washes up on shore in a rowboat. Tom thinks they should notify the authorities but ultimately gives in to Isabel's wish to keep the girl. Fate strikes again when the couple meet the child's biological mother on the mainland. Now, Tom and Isabel must make a decision that will forever affect the lives of four people.

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz, Bryan Brown, Jack Thompson, Emily Barclay, Caren Pistorius, Florence Clery

Director: Derek Cianfrance

Genres: Romance, Drama

Production Co: Heyday Films, Participant Media

Distributors: Walt Disney

Keywords: Brooding, Sacrifice, Love, Friend, Temptation, Wife, Underdog, Emotional, Intense, House

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Jon FroschThe Hollywood Reporter

    The film, poised awkwardly between costume-drama prestige and all-out schmaltz, is so busy sweeping us up in a swirl of music, scenery and beautiful, suffering faces that it forgets to do the actual work of earning our emotions. show more

  • 70
    E. Oliver WhitneyScreenCrush

    The film will be remembered for its performances, but it should also be remembered for its messy, realistic examination of the complicated decisions we’re faced with in life. show more

  • 50
    Tim GriersonScreen Daily

    Poignant and frustrating in equal measure, The Light Between Oceans aspires to be an elegant melodrama, but the intelligence that director Derek Cianfrance and his capable cast bring to bear eventually becomes overwhelmed by the story’s emotional manipulations. show more

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