For Tom SHER-BURN Sherbourne, a man of few words, there’s
numbness after four years of bloodshed on the battlefront.
There’s relief at the isolation provided by his new
assignment as lighthouse keeper off the Western coast of Australia.
There’s love when young Isabel from the mainland puts
the sparkle back into his life and moves in as his wife.
There’s helplessness as Tom watches Isabel pine for a
baby after two miscarriages.
There’s a moral dilemma when a baby is washed up
ashore in a boat that carries its young dead father. Should Tom, always morally
upright, dutifully report the boat and its occupants? Or give in to his wife’s
plea and keep the baby as their own?
There’s the joy of parenthood that little Lucy brings
into his and her life for four blissful years.
There’s despair when he chances upon Hannah, the
little girl’s biological mother who’s still grieving for FR-AN-ZFranz, her
German husband, and her baby, both lost at sea four years ago.
There’s a tussle with his conscience again, this time Tom
must do what’s right.
There’s gratitude, gallantry and chivalry as he takes
the rap for not reporting the baby and its father even if it means facing the
more serious charge of murder.
Tom, the husband, unhesitatingly shields Isabel, his
wife. She, his wife, unforgivingly does him in.
It’s the men in the story who get it right. Snapshots
of the past reveal that Hannah’s German husband had his own chant for
happiness. Franz always told Hannah that you only have to forgive once to shed
the baggage of sadness.
There’s redemption for Tom and Isabel, she wilting
away with longing.
There’s closure as charming young woman Lucy Grace,
brought up by her real mother, turns up at Tom’s doorstep.
Basing his film on a book authored by ML Stedman, director
Derek KIANFR –AN- CE Cianfrance milks every known human emotion, his SA-GA saga
spread leisurely over 30 eventful years. If you like emotional upheavals with a
soothing backdrop of the sea and nature’s beauty around the lighthouse, head
for this ultimate romance. For those who prefer a quick pace and don’t go for
mush, stay away.
Watchable Michael F-ASS Fassbender as Tom and the lovely EL-EESHIA
Alicia Vikander as Isabel make the period drama worth the 2 hours and 13
For a film that brims over with emotional content, The Light Between Oceans gets a 3*
Bharathi S Pradhan
Senior Journalist & Author