Director Derek Cianfrance has made two films that are not only two of my favorite movies of all time, but are in my opinion, two of the most profound films of the past decade in Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines. With his newest film, The Light Between Oceans though, (based on the novel of the same name by M.L. Stedman), it looks like he might be achieving something greater than he ever has before.
Starring Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, and Rachel Weisz, the film follows a lighthouse keeper (Fassbender) and his wife (Vikander) on a remote island off the coast of Australia in the early 1900s, who after several failed miscarriages, discover a baby washed ashore in a wrecked boat. Letting their personal feelings overwhelm their responsibilities, the two take the baby in as their own for years, until they return to the mainland and learn the profound effects of their actions.
Following some test screenings late last year, the film has been called one of the most emotionally resonant movies ever made by several who saw it, which doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering Cianfrance’s previous work, the emotional premise, and immensely talented cast onscreen.
I’ve had the chance to read the book by Stedman last year as well, and I think I can say with a fair amount of certainty that it’s the kind of thing practically made for Cianfrance specifically to adapt, with its slow and methodic nature, as well as its deep analysis of the human psyche and our emotions. Both Fassbender and Vikander look like they’re giving awards-worthy performances here as well (surprise, surprise), and I don’t know how many times I can say it honestly, but make sure to watch out for The Light Between Oceans later this year when Disney releases it in September.
The Light Between Oceans is set to hit theatres on September 2nd.
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