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An Irish fisherman discovers a woman in his fishing net whom his precocious daughter believes to be a selkie.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alison Barry ...
Nurse - Dialysis
Mary O'Shea ...
Fish Co Op Woman
Gemma Reeves ...
Conor Power ...
Olwyn Hanley ...
Fishery Board Man II


On the coast of Cork, Syracuse is a divorced fisherman who has stopped drinking. His precocious daughter Annie has failing kidneys. One day, he finds a nearly-drowned young woman in his net; she 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 is a selkie, a seal that turns human while on land. Syracuse is afraid to hope again.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Drama | Mystery | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

5 March 2010 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Amor sin límites  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$548,934 (USA) (24 September 2010)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The song played with the closing credits is Lisa Hannigan's "Braille". For some time the song was available for subscribers of Hannigans newsletter. An official release did not follow. See more »


When the drug smugglers are looking for the backpack it is revealed that Annie moved it to the lobster pot. This is impossible! Annie had no access to the boat and was not strong enough to pull the lobster pot out of the water. See more »


[first lines]
Syracuse: [into radio] Anybody out there? I need a little help.
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Featured in Maltin on Movies: Hereafter (2010) See more »


Written by Kamran Ince
Performed by The Prague Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Kamran Ince
Used by arrangement with Schott Music Corporation
Courtesy of Naxos Rights International Ltd
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beautiful construction
30 May 2012 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

old tale. and its new pieces. a film about heart of solitude, force of myth, beauty of faith. and love as arena of freedom. mystery, legend, the image of a child about a woman, a fisherman with many problems and a kind of spell. a not special movie with science to give crumbs of delicate emotions and to make a legend more profound. not very right in details but exercise of good art to create emotion. and nice occasion to understand the limits of reality as fruit of dream. a interesting surprise - role of Colin Farell. a smart way to sustain drawing of character - dialogs with the priest and circle of past. delicate solution to create a gray world with fragile borders. inspired music and images. a good movie. not extraordinary. just beautiful. like each slice of life.

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