The Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans

DVD - 2017
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Publisher: [United States] : Touchstone Home Entertainment : DreamWorks Pictures, c2017
Branch Call Number: DVD ADULT FICTION
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (130 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: English, Spanish or French dialogue; Spanish or French subtitles. Subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing; English descriptive audio

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mr_chocolate
May 22, 2018

I was very impressed and moved with this film, as it was faithful to the 2012 book of the same name by M.L.Stedman. The book had me in tears, as did this film, as it successfully brought out the moral conflict between the characters played extremely well by Michael Fassbender (2016's X-Men: Apocolypse, & Assassin's Creed, Alien: Covenant: 2017 ), Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina:2014 , The Danish Girl: 2015, Tomb Raider: 2018) and Rachel Weisz (The Bourne Legacy: 2012, Denial: 2016, My Cousin Rachel: 2017).
The only complaint is not knowing how the young father had died, while the baby survived?
No bonus material on the DVD.

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EvanSchoenfeld
May 13, 2018

The dreariest of soap operas, layered with enough would-be sensitivity to persuade the viewer. I forgive Australians for this kind of thing because they are so isolated down there.

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rhubarb42
May 03, 2018

For those who do not wish to take the time to read the novel on which the film is based, it does an excellent job of conveying that story. And the actors capture the characters. .. and the scenery! !

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wildct2003
Mar 10, 2018

Good drama. Raises some ethical questions.

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firefly5
Mar 01, 2018

Interesting story, but not quite believable, at least to me. A baby survives the elements in a row boat on the ocean? How long was she out there?

Their behaviour was so wrong, on so many levels. It kept me interested enough to watch until the end.

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BrandonBlanchard
Feb 27, 2018

Not a bad movie, as far as movies go, but it is overly grim. The grimness permeates through the movie, and helps drag it down from being truly great. Instead, it's just an okay movie with some good dramatic performances and questionable morals.

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LawyerLady
Feb 12, 2018

really well done film. Moving, emotional, sympathetic.... you find yourself changing your allegiances to each set of characters throughout the movie. This is the movie that Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander met (and now they are married!) so I feel like the love between them is a little something extra. Highly recommend this rental!

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LizzieCent
Dec 28, 2017

Long and sad.

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MB85CAL
Dec 10, 2017

A beautiful and moving story brought to life with a stellar cast, exquisite cinematography, and the ever thought-provoking director, Derek Cianfrance.

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liliianna
Nov 26, 2017

This is such a beautiful movie. It was full of love and surprise and heartbreak. I spent half an hour describing the entire thing to my boyfriend, and then did the same thing to my brother and my mother...needless to say, I'm definitely going to buy this movie ASAP. I thought it would be a happy movie, and boy was I wrong! I cried. So much. I didn't know it was a book, either! It is on my list to read now.

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jimg2000
Apr 12, 2017

I mean, if a wife loses a husband she becomes a widow, but if a parent loses a child there's no special label for it. You're still a mother or father. Even if you no longer have a child. Sometimes I wonder, if I'm still technically a sister now when my brothers are gone.
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Tell me about your parents.
-My mother's dead.
What about your father?
-No love lost there.
Was he strict with you?
-Strict doesn't begin to describe it, though, made army discipline easy. I suppose it made it easier being over there, knowing there'd be no one heartbroken if they got the telegram.
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You know Janus is where the word January comes from. Named after the same god as this island. He's got two faces, back to back. Always looking both ways. Torn between two ways of seeing things. January looks forward to the new year and back to the old. And this island looks in the direction of two different oceans.

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jimg2000
Apr 10, 2017

"One night, as they journeyed on following the path of the light that stretched out before them, there came a sudden cry out of the darkness. The three wise men stopped but for a moment only. 'It was the cry of a child, ' they said, one to another. 'But it is not for us to stay our journey, ' they said. 'We cannot delay. The star calls us forward... "
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You have been through so much in your life and you are always happy. How do you do it?
-You only have to forgive once. To resent you have to do it all day, every day. All the time. You have to keep remembering the bad things. It's too much work
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I couldn't go on the way things were. I couldn't live with myself. I'm sorrier than I'll ever be able to say for hurting you. We each get a little turn at life. And if this ends up being how my turn went, it will still have been worth it. My time should have been up years ago.

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