Leaving Canada behind for the unforgiving terrains of the New England coast, Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson) reluctantly arrives at the begrimed lighthouse where he will work for the next four weeks. Greeted with gruff hostility by Tom Wake (Willem Dafoe), a veteran seafarer, the pair quickly establish a volatile dynamic, with Tom the baiting slave-driver and Ephraim his battered lackey. As the young apprentice tends to the building’s more demeaning demands, Tom proudly presides over the mythical light. And with the slow passing of each day, Ephraim’s resentment grows. But when he learns of the mysterious fate which befell his master’s former assistant, a creeping sense of fear and paranoia also begins to stir...
This hypnotic fusion of beauty and brutality boasts extraordinary performances from Dafoe and Pattinson as the feuding seadogs, wrapping their scowling mouths around Robert and Max Eggers’ knotty period text with unwavering gusto. Following his remarkable debut The Witch, Eggers continues to prove himself one of contemporary cinema’s most audacious and innovative filmmakers – finding ways entirely of his own of unnerving his audiences.
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