Light Between Oceans, The: Cianfrance’s Emotional Drama, Starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander

Written and directed by Derek Cianfrance, The Light Between Oceans is an emotional drama about fate, love, moral dilemmas and the lengths to which one couple will go to see their dreams realized.

After World War I, Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender), a young veteran still numb from his years in combat, takes a job as lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, a remote island off the coast of Western Australia.

As the island’s sole inhabitant, he finds comfort in the monotony of the chores and the solitude of his surroundings. When he meets the daughter of the school’s headmaster, Isabel Graysmark (Alicia Vikander), in the local town of Partageuse on the mainland, Tom is immediately captivated by her beauty, wit and passion, and they are soon married and living on the island.

As their love flourishes, he begins to feel again, their happiness marred only by their inability to start a family, so when a rowboat with a dead man and infant girl mysteriously washes ashore, Isabel believes their prayers may have finally been answered.

As a man of principle, Tom is torn between reporting the lost child and pleasing the woman he loves.  Against his better judgment, he agrees to let Isabel raise the child as their own, making a choice with devastating consequences.

The Light Between Oceans opens in U.S. theaters on September 2.


Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz, Bryan Brown and Jack Thompson

Director: Derek Cianfrance

Screenplay by: Derek Cianfrance

Based upon the Novel by: M.L. Stedman

Producers: David Heyman, p.g.a. and Jeffrey Clifford, p.g.a

Executive Producers: Tom Karnowski, Rosie Alison, Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King