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Camille arrives in Ouessant, the island of her birth off the Brittany coast, to sell the family home. She spends a last night in the house during which she discovers a secret. In 1963 a man came to work with her father, who was the Jument lighthouse operator. He only stayed two months, but his presence proved to be a disturbing catalyst.
The Light by Philippe Lioret (L’Equipier, France, 2004, 105 min.). Sandrine Bonnaire stars in this graceful, sweeping story of love, friendship, and trust set on a remote island off the coast of Brittany. In 1963, Antoine arrives on Île de Ouessant to become the new keeper of La Jument lighthouse, but he is an outsider in the island’s tight-knit community. Antoine works next to Yvon (Philippe Torreton), who is married to the radiant Mabé (Bonnaire), with whom Antoine quickly begins to exchange loving glances. With an insightful script that captures the nuances of bitterness that inflect even the friendliest words, director Philippe Lioret explores how places like Ouessant can be majestic natural wonders to tourists, but tiring, dead-end prisons to long-time residents. “A satisfying drama of simmering passions that unfolds in an arrestingly atmospheric setting” (Variety). Description adapted from the Toronto Film Festival.
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