WATCH: MICHAEL FASSBENDER STEALS A BABY IN 'THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS' TRAILER
Stealing a baby has never semed so worthwhile.
Following the success of 'Blue Valentine’ and ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’, director Derek Cianfrance returns with ‘The Light Between Oceans’. Adapted from the bestselling novel, Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander play
baby-stealing thieves a couple in mourning.
Their Australian accents are offputting and very British, but Fassbender and Vikander are convincing in their roles as Tom and Isabel Sherbourne, who suffer the loss of their child, and subsequently ‘adopt’ a baby they find in an off-course rowboat
who turns out to be Moses. All is fine and dandy until, gasp, the mother of said baby turns up some years later.
The trailer begins with gorgeous scenes of luminous sunsets and a lighthouse on the edge of an island as we are introduced to what seems like a historical romance, with lingering shots of the couple’s life together. Shaky cam is used well (for once) in this montage, which captures the intimate subjectivity of their idyllic life on the coast. However, our expectations are quickly overturned by Cianfrance’s film direction, with the foregrounding of an empty crib and make-shift grave alluding to the tragedy.
Although this trailer reveals too much and is fairly melodramatic, it’s skillfully edited with beautifully composed shots that capture Fassbender and Vikander’s turmoil as they battle the moral questions of raising a lost child as their own. The choice of background music is heart-rending, effectively pulling at our heartstrings.
If there’s one thing to be said about this film, it’s that ‘The Light Between Oceans’ is sure to be a tear-jerker.
An Australian release date hasn’t been finalised but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a huge box of Kleenex ready.
Synopsis from IMBD:
A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat.