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The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse

USA 2019 - with Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe ...

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Original title:The Lighthouse
Genre:Drama, Mystery
Direction:Robert Eggers
Cinema release:28.11.2019
Production country:USA 2019
Running time:Ca. 109 Min
Rated:From 16 years
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Maine, end of the 19th century The experienced lighthouse keeper Thomas Wake (Willem Dafoe), together with his new assistant Efraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson), starts a shift of several weeks on a remote island on the coast of New England. Cut off from the outside world, the two men are to maintain the dilapidated lighthouse complex and keep it in operation. Efraim would like to take care of the beacon, but Thomas won't let that happen. For the young man, the lamp is taboo. Instead, Efraim has to take care of lower jobs, which leads to ever-increasing tensions between the unequal men. When a never-ending storm holds the men captive on the island, madness seems to overpower them and the situation threatens to escalate… 

"The Lighthouse" is the second directorial work by author and director Robert Eggers after his highly acclaimed debut "The Witch". In order to transport the audience as authentically as possible into the time around 1890, he shot the film in 35mm black and white and used lenses from the early 20th century. In addition, he let his two leading actors speak in authentic dialects of the time. Such artistic decisions naturally make the hearts of cineastes rejoice, and so the film is sure to win praise in the feature pages and awards at various awards ceremonies. 

The film has something, no question about it. He is fascinating, disturbing and special in his extremely bulky way. Anyone who can get involved will definitely celebrate this film. I didn't succeed, though. For me, not only the visual implementation, but also the language and play of the actors seemed simply too artificial, too theatrical. What makes the film so special, so great for some people, rather led to the fact that the journey to the abyss of madness left me relatively cold and even got on my nerves at times. 

Even though some pictures actually have an enormous impact and Robert Pattinson is playing really hard, I answered the question "Is that art, or can that go away" for me quite clearly with "that can go away". But in this case I emphasize that "for me" especially, because with a film like "The Lighthouse" it is clear that it polarizes. I personally couldn't recommend it, but I also understand if you can see it as a very special work of art and celebrate it accordingly. And so there is a hesitant "worth seeing" from me for everyone who liked "The Witch" and likes to get involved in bulky, but artistically staged psycho-trips!

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