Miscarriage in the spotlight at the Venice film festival

Alicia Vikander speaks out about her experience of playing a women who experiences two miscarriages in new film, The Light Between Two Oceans.

Fassbender and Vikander

We always think it is great when we see the subject of miscarriage receiving attention in the media. Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander has recently spoken in an interview about her experience of playing a woman who suffers two miscarriages in a new film, The Light Between Two Oceans.

The character that Alicia plays keeps a baby she finds in a boat with her husband, played by the lovely Michael Fassbender, after having previously had two miscarriages.

Alicia talked about how common miscarriage is but also acknowledged how little people actually about it in her interview,

“The extreme longing for a child this [character] has is something a lot of women share. She also goes through miscarriages, and I know it’s a subject that is not talked about much – but it’s common and it’s a trauma a lot of people can relate to.”

Michael Fassbender also talked about the film’s themes of fertility and miscarriage by reflecting on how the characters dealing with their babies loss in silence goes on to affect them keeping the baby they find as oppose to reporting it to the authorities,

“Having gone through the miscarriage scenario, that they didn’t have a chance to talk to anyone about, the decision they made were not made in a healthy way.”

While there is still a long way to go in getting baby loss the recognition it needs in the media, it is encouraging to hear public faces such as Vikander and Michael talking about it in the media.

Miscarriage is heart-breaking and deserves the same attention that other sensitive subjects get. We applaud The Light Between Oceans for addressing a subject that so much of the media still currently shies away from.

Check out the trailer for The Light Between Oceans here

Read our information and support on miscarriage here

See our campaign to end the silence round miscarriage here

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