Richard Dreyfuss is a distinguished actor with a career built on numerous acting credits in films like Jaws, What About Bob? and the inspiring Mr. Holland’s Opus. In The Lightkeepers, he plays a crusty old keeper of a lighthouse whose life is turned upside-down when an old flame returns to stir up his emotions. This is a gentle, Hallmarkish movie that deals with the pain of loss and the ability to let go and forgive past hurts. The seaside setting gives it a raw beauty all its own, and those who enjoy aquatic backdrops should be drawn into its loveliness.
Dreyfuss gives a complex performance as a man who has become toughened by years of isolation and stubbornness. He is a sympathetic figure, though many of his problems are of his own making. He is made up to look more elderly than he actually is, though his age has begun to catch up with him. Still, there is great dignity in this role that explores romance at a later stage of life, as well as all the struggles that sometimes come with building a joint life. For those who enjoy quiet films with introspective performances, The Lightkeepers is an excellent choice.