A new film tells the tragic tale of light­house cou­ple in Aus­tralia

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By REUTERS in New York

What’s a bet­ter bet than a Hol­ly­wood weepie based on a best-sell­ing book? When the stars fall in love in real life while film­ing it.

That’s the draw of The Light Be­tween Oceans, a heartwrench­ing tale based on M.L. St­ed­man’s 2013 novel of the same name that stars Os­car­win­ner Ali­cia Vikan­der and Michael Fass­ben­der. It opens in US the­aters on Fri­day.

The story, set in Aus­tralia in the 1920s, is the tragic tale of a light­house keeper (Fass­ben­der) and his wife (Vikan­der), who have suf­fered two mis­car­riages when a baby in a boat washes ashore their re­mote is­land. They de­cide to raise the child as their own, un­til they meet the child’s real mother years later.

Swe­den’s Vikan­der, 27, one of the most sought-af­ter young ac­tresses even be­fore win­ning an Os­car in Fe­bru­ary for her sup­port­ing role in The Dan­ish Girl, had briefly met Fass­ben­der a year be­fore film­ing on the movie be­gan in­New Zealand in late 2014.

“We met each other on the dance floor at the Toronto Film Fes­ti­val and BAF­TAs — he’s a good dancer,” Vikan­der says.

“But we hadn’t re­ally ... we met prop­erly in Welling­ton in the re­hearsals for the first time,” adds Fass­ben­der, 39.

Di­rec­tor Derek Cian­france then asked the pair to live to­gether inare­mote­light­house for a month dur­ing film­ing, and by the end of 2014 news broke that they were dat­ing.

Vikan­der says she cried when she first read the script for the movie, and says film­ing such emo­tional scenes was of­ten ex­haust­ing.

“Iwasin tears the first time I read it and it’s be­cause it feels so hu­man ... and it feels like it’s about real peo­ple and about real drama,” she says.

“It helps I had ad­mired Michael as an ac­tor since I saw his first films like Hunger and Fish Tank. It’s like you see a very nat­u­ral be­ing for each char­ac­ter that I think he’s done, but also get­ting to meet him you un­der­stand how much work gets put into it in prepa­ra­tion.”

Both Fass­ben­der, the star of Steve Jobs, and Vikan­der, say they had a good feel­ing dur­ing film­ing about how the movie would turn out.

“It seemed like we had good in­gre­di­ents. And then it all de­pends on whether au­di­ences take to it or not. That’s re­ally some­thing you can never tell,” he says.

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