The Lighthouse

Please Note: This film is no longer showing at Railroad Square Cinema

Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson plus unforgettable black and white cinematography and a story set in Maine’s coastal past help give the new film from the director of The Witch a virtually perfect Rotten Tomatoes score. “By turns funny, sinister, haunting, historically fascinating and mythical, The Lighthouse is one of the best films of the year”—Sara Stewart, New York Post. “The ferociously entertaining new film from Robert Eggers fixates on two of the best in the business, Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe. They are the star attractions in this storm-battered maritime horror, set on a remote lighthouse station in the 1890s and shot in severe black and white. You would struggle to describe either man as conventionally handsome here – even before the wind, brine, seagulls, blunt force trauma, flying excreta and unspecified Lovecraftian sludge take their toll. But both have a kind of sublime ugliness that is wholly in keeping with a film that feels less made than hoisted up like treasure from the belly of some rust-bitten shipwreck. Pattinson plays Ephraim Winslow, the taciturn new apprentice to Dafoe’s lighthouse keeper Thomas Wake, who comes across like Captain Haddock crossed with Gollum. As the film begins, both men arrive at their posts through a cloak of fog, braced for a four-week shift… Both Pattinson and Dafoe have their secrets, and these slowly emerge as a tempest closes in and prolongs their stay indefinitely, while tempers fray, rations moulder, identities crumble, and a small, scrimshaw mermaid Pattinson finds tucked in his mattress exerts an unearthly pull. The Shining-on-Sea? Sort of… It’s cinema to make your head and soul ring.” —Rob Collin, The Telegraph. R. 110 Min.