‘The Light Between Oceans’ Trailer Reveals Alicia Vikander, Michael Fassbender’s Lacerating Family Drama

     July 8, 2016


DreamWorks has released the latest trailer for The Light Between Oceans, the upcoming family drama from Derek Cianfrance, the director behind Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines. Like those films, the story deals with a couple, played here by off-screen couple Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender, though this film clearly makes greater use of its period setting than Cianfrance’s previous film. The similarities don’t end there, however, as the film looks to be carried by the bucolic camerawork and the performances more than the script or the arc of the story, which is all but spelled out for us in this trailer, as it was in the longer first trailer. I have hope for Cianfrance and I’m really hoping my inclinations are wrong with The Light Between Oceans, but its hard not to hear the word Oscar bait – or, perhaps more accurately, Golden Globe bait – wringing in my ears as the trailer, which you can take a look at below, ends.

Here’s the latest trailer for The Light Between Oceans:

Here’s the synopsis of the novel (via Amazon):

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.


Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.


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