ROMANCE LACKS A TEAR-JERKING TOUCH Lighthouse Family.Michael Fassbender as Tom Sherbourne and Alicia Vikander as Isabel Graysmark Sherbourne in the Sweeping Landscape of the Light between Oceans

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ROMANCE LACKS A TEAR-JERKING TOUCH Lighthouse Family.Michael Fassbender as Tom Sherbourne and Alicia Vikander as Isabel Graysmark Sherbourne in the Sweeping Landscape of the Light between Oceans


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 best-selling 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.

Director Derek Cianfrance is stranger to tackling complex and gut-wrenching themes.

He helmed 2010's Blue THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS (12a) ... ..

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.

no It's set shortly after the First World War 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.

foGyo h They marry and for a while lead an idyllic existence on the beautifully stark island. …

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