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Ondine (2009)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  5 March 2010 (Ireland)
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The story of an Irish fisherman who discovers a woman in his fishing net who he believes to be a Selke (a water nymph).

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On the coast of Cork, Syracuse is a fisherman, on the wagon, living alone. His precocious daughter, Annie, about 10, has failing kidneys. One day, a nearly-drowned young woman comes up in his net; she speaks oddly, calls herself Ondine, and wants no one to see her. He puts her up in an isolated cottage that was his mother's. Annie discovers Ondine's presence and believes she's a selkie, a mythical seal turned human while on land. If this is a fairy tale, is there a happily ever after, or do the realities of alcohol, illness, and worse intrude, including Syracuse's inveterate bad luck? As his priest tell him, misery's easy, it's happiness you have to work at. Any hope of that? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The truth is not what you know. It's what you believe.

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Rated PG-13 for some violence, sensuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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5 March 2010 (Ireland)  »

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Amor sin límites  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$27,497 (USA) (4 June 2010)

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$548,934 (USA) (24 September 2010)
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Marion Cotillard was considered for the role of Ondine, but Alicja Bachleda was cast instead. See more »

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When Ondine comes up out of the water, she is soaking wet as she walks past Annie talking to her. Then suddenly, her clothing is barely damp as she continues up the stairs into the house. See more »

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A missed opportunity
16 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ondine brought together some sweet stuff - the beautiful Irish coastline, a mythological Selkie sea creature, a struggling fisherman whose life wasn't quite on track. At least two or three original, refreshing films could have taken off from there.

But no luck. Less than half way through, I felt stuck in a contrived, overwrought plot that lost all touch with its unique starting point. A creative opportunity missed.

Granted, Ondine has magnificent scenery and music. An interesting premise. Fine actors. But the film wastes all of these and hurries itself into just another Hollywood play by the numbers script. By the end of the movie I was completely bored, not caring how any of it worked out.

I second the complaints about the lack of English subtitles. Yes, if you focus you'll get most of what's said. But when native English speakers are losing 10-15% of the dialogue then there's no excuse for not including English subtitles on the DVD.


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