Aging lighthouse keeper Thomas Wake (Willem Dafoe), who lives on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s, is suspicious of his young assistant Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson), who was once a timberman. He believes the younger man may be on the run from something.
Thomas, who says his last assistant went crazy, treats Ephraim like a slave. Ephraim takes the verbal abuse with as much calm as he can muster, and works hard at the physically demanding tasks Tom gives him, including scrubbing the floors, carrying heavy barrels of oil, gathering firewood, whitewashing the lighthouse, and shoveling coal, while Tom, who has a leg injury, does nothing but tend to the lantern. The two form a sort of camaraderie, especially after they've been drinking. But Thomas's refusal to allow Ephraim access to the top of the lighthouse causes the younger man to believe that Tom has a dangerous secret.
|Producer(s):||Jay Van Hoy, Lourenço Sant' Anna, Robert Eggers, Rodrigo Teixeira, Youree Henley|
|Cast:||Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson|
|Writer(s):||Max Eggers, Robert Eggers|