A war weary man takes a job as a lighthouse keeper on an island for the solitude. He meets a beautiful young woman and they eventually marry. One day they see a small dingy with an infant and man inside floating in the ocean. They rush to rescue them only to find the man is dead. They struggle over the decision to report it and whether to keep the baby. It's only years later that they discover that the child still has a mother looking for her.Written by
The book "The Light Between Oceans," on which this movie is based, contains three coincidental links to previous films of Michael Fassbender. First, his character, Tom, travels on the ship SS Prometheus: Fassbender starred as android David in Prometheus (2012). Second, Tom's wife, Isabel, is given a gramophone record, Bach's Goldberg Variations, as a gift; this piece of music was the soundtrack to the jogging scene in Fassbender's film Shame (2011). Finally, in Frank (2014), towards the end of the movie, Fassbender's Frank walks into a bar, where Maggie Gyllenhaal is singing the song "I Want to Marry a Lighthouse Keeper." Fassbender's character in The Light Between Oceans (2016), Tom, is a lighthouse keeper. See more »
Throughout the film, the west coast town of Albany, Australia is incorrectly referred to as "ALL-bany" instead of "AL-bany." See more »
I'm just looking to get away from things for a little while.
[sitting behind his desk]
Well, it's no paradise out on that island. Just want to make sure you know what you're in for.
All due respect, Mr. Coughlan, it's not likely to be tougher than the Western Front.
Oh, you're probably right about that. You pay your own passage to every posting. You're a relief worker so you don't get holidays. I understand you're a single man. No family. So, that's a slight concern. Wouldn't ...
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In Singapore, the film was edited in order to obtain a PG classification. The distributor removed an entire sex scene from the film (between Tom and Isabel, in which some sexual movements and brief breast nudity is shown). The film was later passed M18 uncut for it's video release. See more »
The first film I watched from director Derek Cianfrance was Blue Valentine, which impressed me very much because it was able to transform a trite domestic drama into a devastating exploration of the factors contributing to the breaking off of a love between a very human and realistic couple. His following film, The Place Beyond the Pines, was also intense in its handling of the characters, but it didn't leave me completely satisfied due to some problems in the screenplay. And now, his most recent film, The Light Between Oceans, also challenges expectations by taking a typical "prestige" movie, and bringing it an emotional deepness which is rarely found in similar films aiming at attracting nominations and critical acclaim; you know... the kind of "period" films (such as The English Patient or Atonement) whose elegant costumes and British accents attempt to make them seem better than they are. The Light Between Oceans has a few cracks in its well structured screenplay, but the experience ended up being quite satisfactory. The story of The Light Between Oceans is superficially simple and not very original; however, the gradual accumulation of complications and moral dilemmas adds an intellectual and almost philosophical aspect which complements the tormented romance of the lonely man who found love late, only to see it in danger when certain circumstances interfere in his happiness. Michael Fassbender brings another one of his full of subtle details performances which almost eliminate the necessity of dialogues; he transmits absolutely everything we need to know about his character with his look and his expressions. As for Alicia Vikander, it was very pleasant to see her in a role which takes advantage of her big talent, after having recently seen her absolutely wasted in Jason Bourne. So, in conclusion, The Light Between Oceans could have polished some details in its screenplay better, but I found it a very competent romantic drama which definitely deserves a recommendation.
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