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The Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans
The Light Between Oceans
The Light Between Oceans
  • PG-13
  • 2h 13m
  • 2016
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Lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) and radiant, spirited Isabel (Alicia Vikander) live together in married bliss on a remote, rugged island off the coast of Australia. But their windswept world is turned upside down when Isabel learns that she’s unable to bear a child. One day, a drifting lifeboat washes ashore with a crying baby in it. The dilemma the couple now face will echo far beyond the island, engulfing and irrevocably impacting their world – and that of a stranger (Rachel Weisz) – in a passionate story about love, hope, and a fateful choice.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: The Light Between Oceans presents a well-acted and handsomely mounted adaptation of its bestselling source material, but ultimately tugs on the heartstrings too often to be effective.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Deeply emotional, distressing drama not for faint of heart.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Light Between Oceans is based on M.L. Stedman's best-selling novel by the same name. Like the book, the movie chronicles a heartbreaking set of events, including miscarriages (some blood shown) and a terrible storm that takes a man's life, leaving his baby behind. The mood is pretty gloomy and intense overall as the film explores grief, death, marriage, motherhood, and xenophobia. Expect some sensual sex scenes with brief nudity (bottom, side of breast), as well as a scene in which Australians treat a German harshly and a moment when a child appears to be harmed. There are also heart-rending conversations between a couple caught in a desperate moment. Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander co-star.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:September 2, 2016
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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