Light of My Life (film)

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Light of My Life
Light of My Life.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCasey Affleck
Produced by
Written byCasey Affleck
Music byDaniel Hart
CinematographyAdam Arkapaw
Edited byChristopher Tellefsen
Distributed bySaban Films
Release date
  • February 8, 2019 (2019-02-08) (Berlinale)
  • August 9, 2019 (2019-08-09) (United States)
Running time
119 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

Light of My Life is an American drama film written and directed by Casey Affleck. It stars Affleck, Anna Pniowsky, Tom Bower, and Elisabeth Moss.

It had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 8, 2019. It was released on August 9, 2019, by Saban Films.


A father must protect his daughter by disguising her as his son after a plague wipes out most of the female population.


  • Casey Affleck as Dad
  • Anna Pniowsky as Rag
  • Elisabeth Moss as Mom
  • Tom Bower as Tom
  • Timothy Webber as Lemmy
  • Hrothgar Mathews as Calvin
  • Monk Serrel Freed as young man
  • Deejay Jackson as counterman
  • Patrick Keating as bearded man at the camp


In September 2016, it was announced Casey Affleck would write, direct, and star in the film, while Teddy Schwarzman will produce under his Black Bear Pictures banner.[2][3] In February 2017, it was announced Anna Pniowsky would star in the film, alongside Sierra/Affinity who will produce the film and handle international sales.[4] In August 2018, it was revealed Elisabeth Moss had joined the cast of the film.[5]

Principal photography began in February 2017 in British Columbia's Okanagan.[6][7]

Daniel Hart composed the film score. The soundtrack will be released at Varese Sarabande Records in August 16, 2019


It had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 8, 2019.[8] Shortly after, Saban Films acquired distribution rights to the film.[9] It was released on August 9, 2019.[10]

Home Entertainment[edit]

On October 11, 2019 Paramount Pictures released Light of My Life on Blu-Ray and DVD [11]

Critical reception[edit]

Light of My Life holds a 71% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 35 reviews, with a weighted average of 6.6/10. The site consensus reads: "Its deliberate pace may test the patience, but viewers attuned to Light of My Life's sober wavelength will be rewarded with a thought-provoking chiller".[12] On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 67 out of 100, based on 16 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[13]


  1. ^ "Light of My Life (15)". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  2. ^ McNary, Dave (September 9, 2016). "Casey Affleck Directing, Starring in Survival Drama 'Light of My Life'". Variety. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  3. ^ Kit, Borys (September 9, 2016). "Casey Affleck to Direct, Star in Indie Drama 'Light of My Life' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  4. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (February 3, 2017). "Casey Affleck's 'Light Of My Life' Alights At Sierra/Affinity – Berlin". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  5. ^ "Casey Affleck steps back into the spotlight". USA Today. August 9, 2018. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  6. ^ "Light of My Life". Directors Guild of America. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  7. ^ "Light of My Life" (PDF). Directors Guild of Canada. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  8. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (January 21, 2019). "Casey Affleck-Elisabeth Moss Movie 'Light Of My Life' Among Berlin World Premiere Additions". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  9. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (March 29, 2019). "Casey Affleck-Helmed Drama 'Light of My Life' Sparks At Saban Films". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  10. ^ "Watch Gritty Trailer for Casey Affleck's Post-Apocalyptic Survival Film 'Light of My Life'". RollingStone. July 23, 2019. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  11. ^ Martin, Karen. "Home Movies". Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
  12. ^ "Light of My Life". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  13. ^ "Light of My Life Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 9, 2019.

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