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The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)

Young Fiona lives with her grandparents in a small fishing village where she takes and active role to unravel the mysterious secrets.

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Jeni Courtney ...
Pat Slowey ...
Priest
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Jim
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Oldest brother
Mairéad Ní Ghallchóir ...
Barmaid
Eugene McHugh ...
Bar Patron 1
Tony Rubini ...
Bar Patron 2
Mick Lally ...
Hugh
Eileen Colgan ...
Richard Sheridan ...
Eamon
Micheal MacCarthaigh ...
Schoolmaster
Fergal McElherron ...
Sean Michael
Brendan Conroy ...
Flynn
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Frankie McCafferty ...
Tim
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10-year-old Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Donegal, Ireland. She soon learns the local legend that an ancestor of hers married a Selkie - a seal who can turn into a human. Years earlier, her baby brother washed out to sea in a cradle shaped like a boat; someone in the family believes the boy is being raised by the seals. Then Fiona catches sight of a naked little boy on the abandoned Isle of Roan Inish and takes an active role in uncovering he secret of Roan Inish. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Between land and sea there is a place where myths are real. See more »

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Drama | Family | Fantasy

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Rated PG for some moments that may be disquieting to small children | See all certifications »

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3 February 1995 (USA)  »

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Le secret de Roan Inish  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,101,600 (USA)
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When Fiona is painting the windowsill in the cabin on Roan Inish, you can clearly see that the paintbrush is dry. See more »

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Fiona: Why does he run from me?
Tadhg: Why do you chase him?
Tadhg: He's my little brother! He's lost out there!
Tadhg: He's not lost... he's just with another branch of the family.
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Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1995 (1996) See more »

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Heartwarming and rich in Irish culture, but not in a sappy way
15 March 2003 | by (Santa Barbara, CA) – See all my reviews

One of the things I love about the Irish culture is it's rich legends and storytelling. This story follows Fiona (Jeni Courtney) who has returned from the city with her father to live with her grandparents. They had previously lived on the island of Roan Inish, but are now living on the mainland. The director, John Sayles, bring us a version of the legend of the selkie, a creature that is half seal-half human. I found this movie to be very heartwarming and rich in Irish culture, but not in a sappy way. Jeni Courtney turns in an excellent and completely believable performance as Fiona who learns about the legend of the selkie and uses it to find her little brother Jimmy who had disappeared at sea at an infant. The Irish landscape and sea are gorgeously filmed and it's as if you are there in Ireland learning about the legends yourself through the eyes of Fiona. '

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