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The Light Between Oceans
Archived: The Light Between Oceans (2016)

director: Derek Cianfrance

composer: Alexandre Desplat
With: Alicia Vikander, Michael Fassbender, Rachel Weisz, a.o.

duration: 130 minutes
Plus Parcours , Drama, Litarature

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Film Fest Gent - The Light Between Oceans

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day's journey from the coast. To this isolated island where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby's cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a "gift from God," and against Tom's judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

"Real-life couple Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander star in Derek Cianfrance's adaptation of M.L. Stedman's debut novel. Set on a remote island off the coast of Western Australia just after WWI, the wrenching drama follows a lighthouse keeper and his wife who are faced with a moral dilemma when a boat washes ashore with a dead man and a baby who is alive." (The Hollywood Reporter)


director: Derek Cianfrance
composer: Alexandre Desplat
producer: David Heyman
screenplay: Derek Cianfrance based on the novel by M.L. Stedman
Editor: Jim Helton & Ron Patane
Cinematography: Adam Arkapaw

production company: Heyday Films

More info

dialogue: English
subtitles: Dutch/Fr subt.
country: United States of America - New Zealand - United Kingdom
year: 2016


DEREK CIANFRANCE (1974): Brother Tied (1998), Meet the Lucky Ones (2004, short), Lately There Have Been Many Misunderstandings in the Zimmerman Home (2006, short), Blue Valentine (2010), Cagefighter (2012), The Place Beyond the Pines (2012), The Light Between Oceans (2016).

Technical Specs

format: DCP


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