The Lighthouse (2019 film)
The Lighthouse is a 2019 psychological horror-thriller film directed and produced by Robert Eggers. It stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson as two lighthouse keepers who begin to descend into madness. The film had its world premiere at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival on May 19, and was theatrically released on October 18, 2019, by A24 in the US. It was nominated for Best Cinematography at the 92nd Academy Awards and 73rd British Academy Film Awards.
About The Lighthouse (2019 film) in brief
The Lighthouse is a 2019 psychological horror-thriller film directed and produced by Robert Eggers, who co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Max Eggers. It stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson as two lighthouse keepers who begin to descend into madness when a storm strands them on the remote island where they are stationed. The film had its world premiere at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival on May 19, and was theatrically released on October 18, 2019, by A24 in the US. It was nominated for Best Cinematography at the 92nd Academy Awards and 73rd British Academy Film Awards. In the late 19th century, Ephraim Winslow serves a contract job as a wickie for a month on an isolated island off the coast of New England, under the supervision of the island’s longtime keeper, Thomas Wake. During his stay on the island, Winslow begins to hallucinate sea monsters and logs floating in the sea, and masturbates to the mermaid on the scrimshaw. He also continues to observe Wake’s strange ritual and is bothered by a one-eyed gull that Wake tells him not to kill, as he believes that gulls are reincarnated sailors. The pair unearth a crate at the lighthouse’s base that supposedly contains reserve rations, but contains only bottles of gin. The next morning, Wake finds Winslow and Howard hallucinating a mermaid, and attacks the real Winslow while hallucinating the real Howard. The two men argue and Wake recommends that he be sacked without pay, which has criticized him as drunk and incompetent, so he destroys the logbook in Wake’s logbook.
The wind drastically changes direction and a violent storm hits the island. As Winslow empties the chamber pots, he notices a body washed up on the shore and discovers that it is a Mermaid, which awakens and howls at him. He flees back to the cottage, where Wake informs him that the storm has spoiled their rations and that new ones will not arrive for weeks. In the following days, as the storm continues to rage, WinsLow and Wake drink most of the gin, alternating between moments of intimacy and hostility. Winslow confesses to Wake that his real name is Howard and that he assumed the identity of the real Wickie, who died in an accident. Wake purposefully chases Howard down, accusing him of neglecting his foreman, and destroys their beans and dousing him with an axe. The next day, Wake tells Winslow that Wake’s previous wickies died after losing his sanity, while Winslow reveals that he is a former timberman from Canada seeking a new trade, and that Wake is the one who killed him. The movie was praised for its technical aspects, Eggers’ screenplay and direction, and the performances of the leads. It was a co-production of the United States and Canada, the film was shot in black-and-white with a nearly square 1. 19: 1 aspect ratio.