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The Light between Oceans,” an international best-seller, takes place on a remote Australian island in the years following World War I, where a lighthouse keeper and his wife are faced with a moral dilemma when a boat washes ashore with a dead man and a two-month-old infant. When they decide to raise the child as their own, the consequences of their choice are devastating. Source: Shaw cinema, Singapore

In one sentence: I love the movie

Only one downside: The end, the last few minutes came across as clichéd. But, it is only a minor blip on an otherwise superb storytelling.


Michael Fessbander’s portrayal of his character, Tom Sherbourne, was intense and perfect. Not an easy part to play but he pulled it off.

And Swedish actress Alicia Vikander shone as Isabel Graysmark. I loved how she actually made the first move and proposed to Tom. Quite extraordinary even now, let alone in 1918.

All the supporting talents were well cast.

The setting was authentic and the overall tone in keeping with the period. There were scenes of craftsmen working on boats in the background and all. Take a good look and you’ll see how much detail the director and screenwriter, Derek Cianfrance, delved into – right down to Rachel Weisz’s character, Hannah Roennfeldt, sporting unshaven armpits. Yes, women shaving armpits is a fairly recent practice.

The screenplay was tight and in my opinion, Derek Cianfrance, did not waste a single sentence. Every sentence and every phrase propelled the story forward and revealed character. Excellent! He deserves an Oscar for this!

Finally, the cinematography was breath taking. The aerial shots of the sea and surf was awe inspiring and picture postcard.

Interestingly, the movie hall was almost empty – only 9 people. I went for the Saturday 10.40 am show and that could have been the reason but I doubt it.

My rating: 9.5 out of 10 (and only because of the last few minutes)