‘The Light Between Oceans’ Venice Review: Alicia Vikander Flirts With Tragedy, Settles Down with Sap

With his first three features – “Blue Valentine,” “The Place Beyond the Pines,” and now “The Light Between Oceans” – there seems to be a definite pattern in the films of writer-director Derek Cianfrance. He offers up fascinating, complex characters who make difficult life choices, often in locales that are captivating or at least unusual. And then he bobbles the third act.

Adapting the novel by M.L. Stedman, Cianfrance spends a good part of “The Light Between Oceans”...

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