An Australian World War I veteran (Michael Fassbender) takes a job as a lighthouse keeper on an isolated island. He meets his future wife (Alicia Vikander) at the nearest coastal town, and the two begin their new life alone at the lighthouse. Once settled, a lifeboat washes ashore with a newborn inside, and the couple raise the infant as their own. Rachel Weisz co-stars in this adaptation of M.L. Stedman's novel, which was written and directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines).~Daniel Gelb
Audio Commentary with Director Derek Cianfrance and His Film Studies Professor, Phil Solomon
I first saw this movie on Apple TV and wanted to buy it, but for the price I decided to hold out. Saw it online at Best Buy for a great price and purchased it. I can’t wait to see it. The previews looked great and reviews were good as well. Shipping was fast too.
"The Light Between Oceans" tells the story of an island couple who desperately want a child. As fate would have it, a baby washes ashore in a boat and they must decide whether to keep the baby or to alert authorities. This movie does an excellent job in portraying the morality struggle people endure when faced with matters of the heart. Poignant performances by both lead actors and sure to bring a tear to your eye.
Slow first half but story picks up in the 2nd half
The wife and I watched this movie over two nights. We watched the first half and thought it was beautifully shot, but the story was a very slow paced one that made us a bit sleepy. The next night we decided to go ahead and finish the movie and the 2nd half was much more interesting and exciting. The pace definitely picked up and made the rest of the movie enjoyable to watch. Patience pays off on this one.
What a memorable experience, watching this film! Beautiful scenery, acting and score lift this captivating story to higher levels. Don't forget to watch the "Making Of" as well, since it gives you an idea of what the director asked his cast to do in order to prepare for their roles. And Vikander and Fassbender have been a true life couple ever since their meeting on the set of this production. Sparks do fly!
Fassbender as usual delivers a great performance. This movie allows us to see the guilt that lies from trying to be happy when honesty is at stake. It shows how the love between a lighthouse keeper and his wife becomes entangled with guilt upon adopting a child washed ashore and how that affected their relationship. Just great acting from this movie from both the lead characters.
A heartrending story with top notch acting. We’re all flawed and certain choices made in the film manifest those fundamental weaknesses. That said, in my opinion, this film has the best representation of a long-distance relationship I’ve ever seen; beautiful. The music score also lends its weight to this tragically beautiful film.
The movie was very well shot and sound quality was excellent. The story line had a nice pace to it. The moral of the story was something that everyone should learn. Overall the movie was quite emotional, at times. I would highly recommend this movie to all. It addresses real life decisions, that real people have had to make in life.
I love Cianfrance films. I enjoy them more than the average person. It's different from his film Blue Valentine or Beyond the Pines. But its a great performance from Fassbender and Vikander. An emotional story and the blu ray has great picture quality.