Not Approved

The Light Between Oceans

A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat.
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Dove Review

“The Light Between Oceans” is a movie that will impact the viewer. It deals with the important issues: life, death, love, romance, and loss. Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander star as Tom Sherbourne and Isabel Graysmark, who become husband and wife. Tom is a veteran of the first World War and he is quiet, while Isabel is a live wire who brings a spark to their relationship whenever she is with him. He is a keeper of a lighthouse, and she joins him on the small island after their nuptials.

Isabel suffers two miscarriages and is terribly depressed. A small boat washes ashore, carrying a dead man and a live baby. Isabel falls in love with the baby girl and convinces Tom to bury the dead man and raise the child as their own. Without plot spoiling, Tom doesn’t think they should keep the child but does it for his wife. A few years later, Tom spots a grieving widow at the cemetery and learns she lost a young child and her husband at sea. Her child would be the same age as the daughter they are raising.

One of the themes of the movie is that resentment lasts all day, every day, but forgiveness is a one-time deal and then it’s over. The film features several dramatic, emotional moments and is well directed, acted, and executed. Regrettably, there is a strong utterance of language, which prevents us from awarding the movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

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A woman strikes her husband's body in anger a couple of times.


A husband and wife make love, but the scene is not graphic -- a few scenes include heavy breathing, a shirtless man, and a woman whose long hair covers her breasts from visibility when she is undressed; kissing between a husband and wife; kissing between another husband and wife.


For Ch*st's sake-1; O/G-1


A woman strikes her husband's body in anger a couple of times.


Drinking in a scene; a joke about the minister sleeping off a night of drinking; the smoking of a cigarette in one scene; a man holds a pipe.


A shirtless man; a woman's bare back; a woman is undressed from the waist up, but her long hair covers her breasts; a man kisses his wife's stomach; mild cleavage; baby's rear visible.


Blood is shown on a woman's dress from her miscarriage; a woman's pain is shown on screen as she is miscarrying; a woman battles depression; tension between characters; a battle over a baby; statement that a man threw himself over a cliff; a man confesses to a plot for which someone else was responsible.

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