The Light Between Oceans (2016)

Love demands everything

Blu-ray, 2h 13min
Rating: 7.2
Votes: 48973
Languages: English
Country: UK, New Zealand, USA, India
Director: Derek Cianfrance

Plot outline

A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from a drifting rowing boat.

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A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from a drifting rowing boat. - Anonymous

A war weary man takes a job as a lighthouse keeper on an island for the solitude. He meets a beautiful young woman and they eventually marry. One day they see a small dingy with an infant and man inside floating in the ocean. They rush to rescue them only to find the man is dead. They struggle over the decision to report it and whether to keep the baby. It's only years later that they discover that the child still has a mother looking for her. - indialm

Still numb from the exposure to the horrors of World War I and battling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Tom Sherbourne, a war-battered veteran, signs up to get a lustreless job as a Commonwealth lighthouse keeper, 100 miles off the coastal town of Point Partageuse in Western Australia, at the picturesque, yet remote and desolate Janus Island. But ironically, in self-exile, instead of finding the deserving punishment for making it back home while his comrades perished in the frozen Western Front, withdrawn Tom will, in fact, find companionship, love and a caring wife in the person of Isabel, a headstrong and sparky young woman who intends to start a family with him. Nevertheless, fate is against the mortal couple and the much hoped-for baby never arrives, leaving poor Isabel consumed by a fierce despair, up until a rowboat carrying a helpless baby girl washes up ashore answering Isabel's prayers. Is this indeed a Divine Intervention? In the end, before duty and grief, Tom will yield to his wife's heart-breaking plea to keep and raise the baby as their own, still, an unexpected encounter with an enigmatic woman in the mainland will only imply man's blemished perfection and the rippling impact of his actions. - Nick Riganas

In December 1918, the traumatized military Tom Sherbourne is temporarily hired as light keeper to work alone for six months at a lighthouse at Janus Rock, Australia. He meets the joyful local girl Isabel Graysmark and they fall in love with each other. Soon they marry and Isabel moves to Janus Rock with Tom. Along the next years, Isabel has two miscarriages and while traumatized with her second loss, Tom rescues a rowboat on the shore with a dead man and a baby girl. When he is ready to report the incident, Isabel persuades Tom to keep the baby as if she were their child. The reluctant Tom has difficulties to agree, but keep the baby named Lucy. In Lucy's baptism, Tom sees the local Hannah Roennfeldt praying at a grave and he learns that she is the real mother of Lucy. He writes an anonymous note to Hannah telling that her missing daughter is safe and sound. When Tom meets Hannah again four years later, he takes an attitude that will change the lives of many persons. - Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Tom Sherbourne returned to Australia in 1918. The Great War was over. And as was true for many other battered and wounded soldiers in the wake of that horrible struggle, it was time for Tom to go home. Tom's wounds weren't physical. But they were painful nonetheless. He had seen such terrible things. He had lived when so many better men had not. So taking a temporary post as a lighthouse keeper on the empty, lonely island of Janus seemed to be a perfect fit. It would afford him a chance to think, to process, hopefully to heal. His solitary plans are broadsided, however, when he gets invited to a luncheon on the mainland and meets a woman named Isabel.

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).

Tom Sherbourne, a traumatized and withdrawn hero of World War I, is hired as a light-keeper at Janus Rock, a lighthouse off the coast of Western Australia. He falls in love with a local girl, Isabel Graysmark, and they marry in 1921. Isabel loses two pregnancies in three years and fears she may never become a mother. Shortly after Isabel's second miscarriage, a rowboat containing a dead man and a newborn baby girl washes ashore near the lighthouse. Tom knows that regulations require him to report the discovery. However, Isabel fears that the baby will almost certainly be sent to an orphanage and persuades Tom to pass the baby off as their own. Tom grudgingly agrees. He buries the man on the island, and the couple names the girl Lucy.

Great War veteran Tom Sherbourne seeks a quiet job to recover mentally. The initially temporary post of lighthouse keeper at Janus Rock, a desolate island off Western Australia, becomes permanent as the incumbent dies. In the nearest town, which delivers his monthly provisions by boat, he meets and weds Isabel Graysmark, from a wealthy family. Their happiness is hurt by her miscarriages, so when a lifeboat strands with a dead man and a live baby, she persuades him to bury the first and pass the last for their last stillborn, without any official mention. Later he learn it's the bigots-chased German husband of the richest landowner Septimus Potts's disowned daughter Hannah Roennfeldt and their daughter Grace, which they are raising as Lucy. Tom needs to come clean, at least anonymously announce the child lives, but Isabel is obsessed with motherhood. Tom is arrested but refuses to recant his lie covering her role despite the likeliness of hanging. - KGF Vissers