The Light Between Oceans
You only have to forgive once
Palace Como - Sunday 6 November 2016, 10:30am
Running time: 133m
Country: United Kingdom / United States / New Zealand / Australia
Classification: M (Mature themes and a sex scene)
Release date: 03/11/16
Rating: 9/10 (ME 4.5/5, DP 4.5/5)
Tom (Michael Fassbender) is a first world war veteran taking on a role as a lighthouse keeper on a remote island. On a visit back to the mainland he marries local woman Isabel (Alicia Vikander) and the pair live an idyllic life on the island with the hopes of starting a family. But tragedy soon strikes as they discover their plans of raising a family aren’t to be realised. A lifeboat arrives containing a baby girl along with the body of a mysterious man. They raise the child as their own, unaware her mother (Rachel Weisz) hasn’t forgotten about the husband and daughter who have gone missing.
The Light Between Oceans is an emotional and measured drama featuring a cast of A-list talent in performances that are nothing short of sensational. The cinematography is stunning, and the sparing use of music and the relentless rhythm of the sound of wind draws the audience into the impending crisis. Alicia Vikander is captivating (is there anything that woman can’t do) and it was good to see Rachel Weisz on screen again too. There are a few familiar faces from Australian film (Bryan Brown, Garry McDonald, Jack Thompson) and it’s a film of great polish with a clever script that uses the power of silence as well as it uses its words. In many way it’s a film about waiting, and the moments where nothing much is happening (and there are many of them) are there for a reason as we’re taken with the characters on journeys of hope, despair and redemption. Recommended.