Shining The Light Between Oceans By Jayjay Epega

A Book, A Film

Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander in “The Light Between Oceans”

Acting favourite Oscar® winner Alicia Vikander and Academy Award® nominee Michael Fassbender are the main featured talent in DreamWorks Pictures’ new film, The Light Between Oceans. It is a sumptuous, heart-breaking drama about fate, love, moral dilemmas and the lengths to which one couple will go to see their dreams realised. The movie also stars Oscar and Golden Globe winner Rachel Weisz, Bryan Brown and Jack Thompson.

The film is written for the screen and directed by Derek Cianfrance, based on the acclaimed novel of the same name by M.L. Stedman. This powerful book is a refreshingly honest and heart-wrenching work which tells the story of World War I hero-turned-lighthouse-keeper Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender), who is still numb from his years in combat, and his young, feisty wife Isabel (Alicia Vikander), living on the tiny, fictitious island of Janus Rock. Between the Great Southern Ocean and the Indian Ocean, on this small spot of land, the couple make a life-altering decision: to keep a baby that is not theirs. Tom is torn between reporting the lost child and pleasing the woman he loves, and against his better judgement, he agrees to let Isabel raise the child as their own, making a choice with truly devastating consequences. Stedman effortlessly paints the inner turmoil of a complicated man with acute observations and raw compassion, and we find ourselves taking pity on poor Tom, who is described as a grounded man whose guilt festers as the couple’s ‘‘adopted’’ child grows up.

Alicia Vikander describes her character Isabel as ‘‘openly fierce but also openly very vulnerable. She doesn’t make even the best or the right choices or decisions, but you kind of still know they come from her heart and not from a bad place.’’ Fassbender added, “if Isabel wants something, she goes for it. I think that’s a pretty attractive quality about her and it’s all sort of unfiltered.”

A veritable tribute to another time and another place with a cast of well-rounded characters charged with authentic traumas of their own, The Light Between Oceans is a harrowing, yet must-read novel and compelling motion picture for all story lovers.


Originally published at theluxurychannel.com.