Shrouded in moral and ethical dilemmas, The Light Between Oceans stuns as a masterpiece about the innocent love between a mother and her child.

The Light Between Oceans is a movie based on the bestselling novel by M. L. Stedman and it is every bit as good as the novel. The movie follows a lighthouse keeper, Tom (Michael Fassbender) and his wife, Isabel (Alicia Vikander) who are trying to conceive. Unfortunately, the couple suffers through two miscarriages.

Shortly after burying her second child, the couple finds a boat that has washed up onto their little island. Inside, they find a dead man and a baby girl. Convinced that this was fate, Isabel begs her husband not to report what they have found.


Instead, the couple claims the child as their own and raises her on their isolated island. However, very soon, it is realized that the child’s mother is still alive and mourning the loss of her family. This begins a moral dilemma that will shake not just the small family but the whole town.

The first thing that you must know when deciding to watch this film is that it is very slow paced and lacks any form of humorous break. A combination that one could very easily find tiresome after a while.

If you are a fan of indie films, you will certainly enjoy its indie vibes. The pace, combined with the beautiful location, is sure to please any indie film lover. Projected against the beautiful backdrop that is New Zealand and Australia, you will certainly leave the cinema with a serious case of wanderlust.


As actors, Fassbender and Vikander both embrace their roles as parents and ultimate criminals with gusto. Vikander in particular threw herself into the emotional role with acting that was incredibly believable and that would most likely make any watcher feel at the very least a pang of sorrow for her.

However, her habit of making infuriating decisions will cause you to quickly lose sympathy.

Perhaps the only flaw in this movie would be its storyline. The most jarring being that the child had a head full of blonde hair, when neither her parents nor grandparents were blonde. Of course this was not addressed by anyone throughout the film.


That said though, the film all but made up for their rocky storyline with the incredible acting and the perfect locations. In fact, it’s a movie that will stay with you as you question your own morals and what you would have done had you been in a similar situation.

The Light Between Oceans opens in cinemas Thursday, 19th January 2017

Directed by: Derek Cianfrance

Genre: Drama, Romance

Running time: 132 minutes

Rating: 4/5 stars


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