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 by
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
Box office$930,836[2]

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 and follows a man who must protect his daughter by disguising her as his son after a plague wiped out most of the female population.

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.


Almost a decade after a mysterious pandemic wiped out most of the female population, a man and his daughter Rag journey through British Columbia. Rag is one of the very few females of the human species left on Earth. Her dad must protect her by disguising her as his son from male bandits who are looking for any female human. In a flashback, before his wife dies, he promises to her that he will tell his daughter everything about her mom.

After leaving the woods where they first camped, the two take shelter in an abandoned house. After staying for a few days, the two narrowly escape from four men breaking in looking for them. The father hitches a ride and steals the car from the owner to get themselves to his grandparents' home. Arriving there, they find that the house is now occupied by Tom and his two friends Calvin and Lemmy. Tom is a religious man and has a friendly approach to the father and Rag. At night, the two sneak out their belongings into a nearby cabin in case of a "red alert", a term the father uses when dangerous men are approaching. The next morning, Tom teaches Rag how to use a shotgun for self-defense. Tom eventually suspects that the “son” is a girl and he questions her father with concern, telling him that he lost nine female relatives in a matter of weeks. Moved by the story, the father admits that she is, indeed, his daughter.

Later, three men arrive, barge into the house and kill Tom and Lemmy (Calvin apparently tipped off the intruders). Rag and her father hide in the attic and he manages to drop her out of the window. He then proceeds to fight and kill the first and the second bandits; however, the last attacker almost strangles him to death. Rag appears and shoots the bandit, killing him but also hitting her father's side. They go to the cabin, where Rag removes the shot pellet from her father's wound. While the father rests, a flashback shows the father promising his wife that he will look after Rag. After Rag has treated her father's wound, he says they will go to the safe place with friendly people that Tom mentioned earlier. As he breaks down in tears, Rag comforts him.


  • 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 would produce under his Black Bear Pictures banner.[3][4] In February 2017, it was announced Anna Pniowsky would star in the film, and Sierra/Affinity would produce the film and handle international sales.[5] In August 2018, it was revealed Elisabeth Moss had joined the cast of the film.[6]

Principal photography began in February 2017 in British Columbia's Okanagan.[7][8]

Daniel Hart composed the film score. The soundtrack was released at Varèse Sarabande Records on August 16, 2019.


It had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 8, 2019.[9] Shortly after, Saban Films acquired distribution rights to the film.[10] It was released on August 9, 2019.[11]

Home Entertainment[edit]

On October 11, 2019 Paramount Pictures released Light of My Life on Blu-Ray and DVD.[12]


Box office[edit]

Light of My Life grossed $20,056 in the United States and Canada and $527,105 in other territories.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 82% based on 55 reviews, with a weighted average of 6.8/10. The website's critical 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".[13] On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 67 out of 100, based on 16 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[14]


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  2. ^ a b "Light of My Life". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved August 20, 2020.
  3. ^ McNary, Dave (September 9, 2016). "Casey Affleck Directing, Starring in Survival Drama 'Light of My Life'". Variety. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (February 3, 2017). "Casey Affleck's 'Light Of My Life' Alights At Sierra/Affinity – Berlin". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  6. ^ "Casey Affleck steps back into the spotlight". USA Today. August 9, 2018. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  7. ^ "Light of My Life". Directors Guild of America. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  8. ^ "Light of My Life" (PDF). Directors Guild of Canada. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (March 29, 2019). "Casey Affleck-Helmed Drama 'Light of My Life' Sparks At Saban Films". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  11. ^ "Watch Gritty Trailer for Casey Affleck's Post-Apocalyptic Survival Film 'Light of My Life'". RollingStone. July 23, 2019. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  12. ^ Martin, Karen. "Home Movies". Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
  13. ^ "Light of My Life (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved May 30, 2020.
  14. ^ "Light of My Life Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 9, 2019.

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