The Light Between Oceans
- 2h 13m
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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.
Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz, Bryan Brown, Jack Thompson, Garry McDonald, Jane Menelaus, Anthony Hayes, Leon Ford, Florence Clery, Thomas Unger, Gerald Bryan, Benedict Hardie, Emily Barclay, Stephen Ure, Peter McCauley, Jonathan Wagstaff, Elizabeth Hawthorne, Rosella Hart, Michael Wallace, Peter Hayden, Gary Blackman, Carmel McGlone, Jeffrey Thomas, Edwin Lancashire, Dean Morganty, Elsa May, Kerrie Waterworth, John Bach, Marshall Napier, Hilary Norris, Miriam Noonan, Caren Pistorius, Graham Warman, George Vozar, Georgie Gascoigne, Imogen Wilmhurst, Lucy Wilmhurst, Emily Wilmhurst, Elliot Newbery, Evangeline Newbery, Christine Foote
© 2016 Storyteller Distribution Co., LLC. All Rights Reserved
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.
A grimly saccharine and interminably trite sea-sodden weepie.
June 25, 2017
I suspect a doomed romance of another sort has unfurled: Acclaimed indie director falls for slush...
June 25, 2017
Stand back from this fable and examine it for logic, and you see how nonsensical it is.
June 25, 2017
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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.
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- Release Date:September 2, 2016
- Languages:English, Spanish
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
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