Plot: A World War I veteran becomes a lighthouse keeper and marries a beautiful woman. His wife, however, becomes desperate to have a baby. Her wishes come true when a baby washes up in a boat on the shore. Instead of doing the right thing and finding the mother of the baby the wife begs her husband to keep it. He eventually gives in and they raise the baby as their own, lying to everyone. However, it is not long before they run into the baby’s biological mother, will they give her back?
Director: Derek Cianfrance
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Michael Fassbender, Rachel Weisz, Florence Clery, Jack Thompson, Bryan Brown.
Both Vikander and Fassbender deliver staggering performances in this beautiful period drama. It’s a story about a woman’s desperation to have a child and it’s so hard not to feel for her. After two miscarriages her hopes of having a child are shattered. Not being able to have a child feels like the end of the world for her but when this baby washes up and she holds her, she can’t let go. Even though stealing that baby was wrong you understand why she did it and to be honest I don’t blame her for doing it. She’d lost two children and grief makes people do stupid things but so does desperation.
If all you’ve ever wanted is a child and one just suddenly appears with no trace of where its come from then how can you give that up? I know it doesn’t make it right but I think a lot of women would have done that in her position. She obviously wasn’t in the right headspace.
It’s such a tragic story and there were so many times where I could have cried but I managed to hold myself together. It’s a film that has a sad but happy ending. It will finish and you’ll be sad but you’ll also be happy with how things worked out for the characters. The film is riveting.
However, the film would have been a disaster if it wasn’t for Vikander and Fassbender. They’re the main appeal and I would definitely say watch it to see their performances. It’s also a film that I think a lot of women will be able to connect with and fathers too. It makes you question what you’d do in that situation.
A beautiful tale that will bring a tear to the eye!