Maine, 1876. A woman tending the lighthouse on a remote island for her ailing husband confronts secrets hidden in deep waters and navigates an unforgiving, new world.
Inspired by true stories of women lighthouse keepers, Abbie is a composite character giving voice to their largely unknown experience. Working in isolation and under extreme conditions, these women — who inherited their jobs from infirm or deceased husbands or fathers — were trailblazers, embodying feminism long before the word existed and far afield from the urban, intellectual circles that spawned the women’s rights movement. Her strength is stoic and sensual, yet not packaged in sexuality. Nuanced, human and true to her times, Abbie is a female lead rarely depicted on screen.
Shot on an island off the coast of northern Maine, ‘To Keep the Light’ reveals the tumultuous inner life of a woman who is, literally and figuratively,
at the edge of society.