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16 Sep, 2016 2 hrs 15 mins U/A
Alicia Vikander, Michael Fassbender, Rachel Weisz, Caren Pistorius, Emily Barclay, Anthony Hayes, Leon Ford, Scott Wills, Benedict Hardie, Jack Thompson, Bryan Brown
Synopsis
Set in the 1920s, the film is an unhurried case study of human behaviour and our perception of right and wrong.
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Story: Based on the novel by the same name, the romantic period drama tells the visceral story of Tom Sherbourne (Fassbender) and his wife Isabel (Vikander) and their longstanding emotional and moral dilemma.

Review: After spending four harrowing years at war, Tom returns to Australia and takes a job as a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, a remote island off the western coast. Scarred by the war experience, he yearns for solitude and no human contact whatsoever. The picturesque island soothes his mind and Isabel's love awakens his soul.

They find solace in each other but the happiness is short-lived as their several attempts to start a family fail. As fate would have it, their prayers get answered when they stumble upon a rowboat adrift at sea, carrying a dead body and a crying baby girl. They rescue her and on Isabel's request, decide to pass her off as their own but Tom fails to silence his conscience, especially after he encounters the baby's biological mother (Rachel Weisz). Can he conceal the truth?

Director Derek Cianfrance, known for making the spectacular Blue Valentine, delves into sorrow and heartbreak once again. His films are emotionally devastating and while this one has a similar impact, it's resemblance to a Nicholas Sparks novel, makes it a tad too high on melodrama.

Set in the 1920s, the film is an unhurried case study of human behaviour and our perception of right and wrong. You feel the underlying layer of melancholy and distress. The actors are outstanding and cinematography, breathtaking. The scenic view of the ocean and the sound of the waves transport you to a world, you often dream of. The old-school romance is beautiful too.

However, the story keeps going in circles and with no conflict point, it ceases to be effective and fails to engage you emotionally. The dead pace further weakens the impact as boredom creeps in. You don't feel invested in the characters, despite great performances. Nonetheless, watch it for the actors and the gorgeous sea-coast imagery.
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