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The Lighthouse

Director(s)
Robert Eggers
Country
United States
Brazil
Year
2019
Duration
109 min
Language
English with French subtitles

Shot on 35mm black-and-white film, this psychological thriller from Robert Eggers (The Witch) follows the slow descent into madness of two lighthouse keepers (Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson) on a remote New England island at the turn of the 19th century.

Charged with tending to a lighthouse for a four-week term, the taciturn Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson) spends his days toiling away with backbreaking upkeep, while during the nights it is only his elder cohort Thomas Wake (Willem Dafoe) who is allowed to keep the beacon in operation. Growing weary of menial tasks, Ephraim’s curiosity regarding Thomas’ hours alone with the big light burgeons. But is it just fatigue and envy that cause Ephraim to become increasingly paranoid about the loitering seagulls, to the point where he’s visited by strange apparitions? (Michael Lerman, TIFF)

The actors play it big and bold in a visually striking, black and white horror show. – Chicago Sun-Times

It all works, really. Go to a late show after a long day. It’ll be a tonic. – Now Toronto

FIPRESCI Prize – Cannes Film Festival 2019
Best Actor nominee (Willem Dafoe) – Gotham Awards 2019
5 nominations Film Independant Spirit Awards 2019

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Director(s)
Robert Eggers
Country
United States
Brazil
Year
2019
Duration
109 min
Language
English with French subtitles