Thursday, 15 September 2016

Movie Review: The Light between Oceans

This romantic period drama film written and directed by Derek Cianfrance is based on the 2012 novel by M. L. Stedman. It got mixed reviews. The film unfolds the story of a lighthouse keeper and his better-half who rescued and adopted an infant girl afloat at sea. Later, the couple finds the child's original parentage and are indulged in the moral dilemma of their actions.

The Active Consulting reviews that the film; a stately dressed, slightly removed in time, and rooted in a quieter ecstasy. Here the bond of love leads to something implacable in its darkness. At this point, it may seem an exaggeration to compare Cianfrance to, say, Ingmar Bergman, although he has not achieved any status like that, but it is no overstatement to say that the two are matching spirits. The Light between Oceans has a great deal of amazing seacoast symbolism, once you remove the calendar art; it is completely a Bergman type soap opera.

The Light between Oceans grows into a parental sort of love triangle. There are Tom and Isabel, and there is the other Hannah; the other woman, who is the infant girl’s biological mother. It is a harrowing situation, and the clout of the drama is that Cianfrance, as a filmmaker, is right at par with anguish. The Light between Oceans closes by taking one too many self-serious turns and twists. The film acquires its darkness, but it may have been even much more affecting if it did not fade from the light.

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