The Light Between Oceans (12A)



Drama (2016)
133mins UK/US/NZ

Starring: Rachel Weisz, Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander
Director: Derek Cianfrance
Writer(s): Derek Cianfrance
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

First World War veteran Tom Sherbourne accepts a position as a lighthouse keeper on the coast of Western Australia, where he falls in love with a local girl called Isabel Graysmark. They eventually marry, but the couple's attempts to conceive end in heartbreak. Shortly after Isabel miscarries for the second time, Tom stumbles upon a rowboat on the beach. Inside he finds a dead man and a mewling baby girl. Isabel persuades Tom to keep secret the baby and to pass the infant off as their own.

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The Light Between Oceans (12A)

As a genre, the sweeping romance is one that's been overlooked in recent years, so there is much excitement about The Light Between Oceans, an adaptation of the 2012 bestselling novel by M.L. Steadman. On paper, the film has everything you expect; beautiful lead actors in Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, stunning backdrops and a period setting. It even has the all-important moral dilemmas and tragic twist, but somehow I just wasn't left reaching for the tissues...

The Light Between Oceans. Copyright: DreamWorks II Distribution Co, LLC. Caption: Rachel Weisz stars in The Light Between Oceans. Photo: Davi Russo. All Rights Reserved.Director Derek Cianfrance is no stranger to tackling complex and gut-wrenching themes. He helmed 2010's Blue Valentine, about the breakdown of a marriage, and 2012's The Place Beyond The Pines, exploring the lengths a father will go to provide for his family, and readily admits he was sobbing on the subway when he first read The Light Between Oceans. It's set shortly after World War One and follows Tom Sherbourne (Fassbender), a man seeking a peaceful existence after his horrific experiences on the front line. He puts himself forward for the role of lighthouse keeper on the uninhabited Janus Rock off the west coast of Australia. Though he intends to live a life of solitude, he can't help but fall for the vibrant Isabel Graysmark (Vikander), a young woman who lives in the harbour town. They marry and for a while lead an idyllic existence on the beautifully stark island. Tom manages to slowly shake the horror of his past, along with his moustache, and Isabel blooms. But as time passes, they're delivered devastating blows to any hope of having a family of their own.

One day, a rowing boat washes ashore. Inside they find a dead man and a crying baby. Isabel, desperate and broken, pleads with Tom to raise the girl as their own. Despite his reservations, he relents and the trio flourish miles from inquisitive locals. But on one of their visits to the mainland, Tom discovers a local woman, Hannah (Rachel Weisz) who's grieving a husband and child lost at sea. He contacts Hannah anonymously; a decision that sets into a motion a chain of events with devastating and long-lasting consequences.

The film looks marvellous, as do Fassbender and Vikander as they look wistfully out to the vast ocean. But while they individually put in captivating performances, there's an element of passion lacking, which is surprising given the pair fell in love for real during the shoot. You're never quite wrapped up in Tom and Isabel's world and for that reason the climactic scenes lack oomph. Combine that with a plot that teeters on the preposterous and you're left with a pleasant but not tear-jerking two hours.

- Sam Cannon

The Light Between Oceans. Copyright: DreamWorks II Distribution Co, LLC. Caption: Rachel Weisz stars in The Light Between Oceans. Photo: Davi Russo. All Rights Reserved.


London Cinemas

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Rest of UK and Irish Cinemas

Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 27th October
To Thursday 2nd November

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Aldershot, Cineworld Aldershot
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Ambleside, Zeffirellis
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Arklow, Arklow Omniplex
- Armagh, Armagh Omniplex
- Ashbourne, Showtime Cinemas Ashbourne
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Ballincollig, The Reel Picture
- Banbridge, Banbridge Omniplex
- Bangor, Bangor Omniplex
- Basildon, Empire Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Little Theatre Cinema Picturehouse
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Belfast, Dundonald Omniplex
- Belfast, Kennedy Centre Belfast Omniplex
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, The Electric Cinema
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Bishop's Stortford, Empire Bishop's Stortford
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Borehamwood, Reel Cinema Borehamwood
- Bournemouth, ABC Bournemouth
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, Picturehouse Bradford At The National Media Museum
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bromborough, Odeon Bromborough
- Bundoran, Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran
- Burton-on-Trent, Cineworld Burton Upon Trent
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Canterbury, Curzon Canterbury
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Premiere Cinema
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Carlow, Carlow Omniplex
- Carrickfergus, Carrickfergus Omniplex
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Catterick Garrison, Empire Catterick Garrison
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham The Screening Rooms
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Coleford, Studio Cinema
- Coleraine, Movie House Coleraine
- Cookstown, Ritz Multiplex
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Cork, The Gate Cork
- Cork, The Gate Mallow
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Craigavon, Craigavon Omniplex
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cromer, Movieplex
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Douglas, Cinemaworld Douglas
- Downpatrick, Eclipse Cinemas Downpatrick
- Dublin, Balbriggan Omniplex
- Dublin, Dublin Rathmines Omniplex
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundalk, Dundalk Omniplex
- Dundee, Cineworld Dundee
- Dundee, Odeon Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dungannon, Dungannon Omniplex
- Dungarvan, SGC
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Wester Hailes
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Exeter Picturehouse
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Fareham, Cineworld Whiteley
- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gerrards Cross, Everyman Gerrards Cross
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Glengormley, Movie House Glengormley
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Harrogate, Everyman Harrogate
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hemel Hempstead, Empire Hemel Hempstead
- Hereford, Odeon Hereford
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Hull, Odeon Hull
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Ilfracombe, Embassy Cinema
- Inverness, Eden Court
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Kidderminster, Reel Cinema Kidderminster
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Kingsbridge, Kings Cinema
- Knutsford, Curzon Knutsford
- Larne, Larne Harbour Omniplex
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Everyman Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Lifford, Eclipse Cinemas Lifford
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Limerick, Showtime Cinemas Limerick
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Showcase Liverpool
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Londonderry, Derry Omniplex
- Longford, Longford Omniplex
- Loughborough, Cineworld Loughborough
- Loughborough, Odeon Loughborough
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Maghera, Movie House Maghera
- Maidenhead, Odeon Maidenhead
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, AMC Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Midleton, The Gate Midleton
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Morecambe, Reel Cinema Morecambe
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Empire Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
- Okehampton, Carlton Cinema
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford Magdalen Street
- Oxford, Phoenix Picturehouse
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Oxted, Everyman Oxted
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Penzance, Savoy
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Empire Poole Tower Park
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Prestatyn, Scala Cinema
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Quinton Halesowen, Reel Cinema Quinton Halesowen
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Ripon, Curzon Ripon
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Sheffield, The Showroom
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, Cineworld Shrewsbury
- Sligo, Sligo Omniplex
- Slough, Empire Slough
- Solihull, Cineworld Solihull
- Southampton, Harbour Lights Picturehouse
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stockport, Cineworld Stockport
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Sutton Coldfield, Empire Sutton Coldfield
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Torquay, Central Cinema
- Tralee, Tralee Omniplex
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Uckfield, Picturehouse Uckfield
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Walsall, The Light Cinema, Walsall
- Walthamstow, Empire Walthamstow
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Waterford, Waterford Omniplex
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wexford, Wexford Omniplex
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Widnes, Reel Cinema Widnes
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Winchester, Everyman Winchester
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, Reel Cinema York
- York, Vue York
From Friday 3rd November
To Thursday 9th November

Not showing at any
UK cinemas this week.


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