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The Light Between Oceans (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 2 September 2016 (USA)
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A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from a drifting rowing boat.

Director:

Derek Cianfrance

Writers:

Derek Cianfrance (written for the screen by), M.L. Stedman (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Fassbender ... Tom Sherbourne
Alicia Vikander ... Isabel Graysmark
Rachel Weisz ... Hannah Roennfeldt
Florence Clery Florence Clery ... Lucy-Grace
Jack Thompson ... Ralph Addicott
Thomas Unger ... Bluey Smart
Jane Menelaus Jane Menelaus ... Violet Graysmark
Garry McDonald Garry McDonald ... Bill Graysmark
Anthony Hayes ... Sergeant Vernon Knuckey
Benedict Hardie ... Constable Harry Garstone
Emily Barclay ... Gwen Potts
Bryan Brown ... Septimus Potts
Stephen Ure ... Neville Whittnish
Peter McCauley Peter McCauley ... Sergeant Spragg
Leon Ford ... Frank Roennfeldt
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Storyline

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 indialm

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | New Zealand | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La luz entre los océanos See more »

Filming Locations:

Stanley, Tasmania, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,765,838, 2 September 2016

Gross USA:

$12,545,979, 3 November 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,905,264, 3 November 2016
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Jack Thompson (Ralph Addicott) played a supporting role in Wake in Fright (1971), a film adaptation of Kenneth Cook's novel. A year following this film's release, Caren Pistorius (adult Lucy-Grace) starred in Wake in Fright (2017), a TV miniseries based on the same source material. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film, the west coast town of Albany, Australia is incorrectly referred to as "ALL-bany" instead of "AL-bany." See more »

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[first lines]
Tom Sherbourne: I'm just looking to get away from things for a little while.
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Tom Sherbourne: All due respect, Mr. Coughlan, it's not likely to be tougher than the Western Front.
Mr. Coughlan: 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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Funeral Canticle
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Performed by George Mosley, The Academy of Ancient Music & Paul Goodwin
Courtesy of Harmonia Mundi USA
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A lie that tells a deeper truth
9 December 2016 | by jay_daguySee all my reviews

If you are not addicted to entertainment motion picture and you prefer deeper meaning. This movie is in my point of view a must watch. Metascore rated this movie 60 whilst it should be 75 minimum. Watch and if I am wrong please tell me why.

Michael Fassbender just takes emotion to a very realistic place and portrays a man with fear , regrets , love. The decision he makes , as a man , we can relate to it. Alicia Vikander also takes you on a journey that helps you understand what being a parent mean and the sacrifices that comes along with it.

Rachel Weisz plays her role very well and together with the two main actors gives us some very emotional scene. I was touched by this movie and blow away by the acting.

Some beautiful shots are taken and really helps to get in the mood for something different , heartbreaking , questionable . The line between right and wrong can be difficult to see and this movie also decides not to give you what you expect. The narrative of the story is simple and yet very complicated once you try understand the reasons for certain decision. Without really realising you , as an audience you start to ask yourself , what would do , as a women , as a man.

Questions like this scares people unfortunately , but I think we should embrace those movies that challenges you emotionally. It is part of who we are.


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