A Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers.
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
This was a beautiful blend of the myth of the Selkie, the beauty of coastal Ireland, and life lived with loss and love. No one's problems in a small Irish village are private. Colin Farrell is Syracuse, or Circus, who is working on his life through his many difficulties under the magnifying glass of small village life. His closest confidante is his priest(Stephen Rea), whom he goes to for support, not absolution. Rea plays his role with depth, and Irish humor. When he finds Ondine, Syracuse's life gets luckier. Colin Farrell plays the role with great sensitivity to empathy, and suffering, while looking for hope and joy through the beauty and myth of his catch, Ondine. Alison Barry as the little girl Annie portrays the child who looks to stories and myth to help her through her suffering, and who clings to her own happy ending no matter what. This is a beautiful story of love, tears, and suffering. Don't miss this one. Your soul will be singing the Selkie song too.
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