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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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Annie
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Nurse - Dialysis
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Alex
Mary O'Shea ...
Fish Co Op Worker
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Draper's Shop Tracy
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Priest
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Librarian
Emil Hostina ...
Vladic
Conor Power ...
Eion
Olwyn Hanley ...
Katie
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Fishery Board George
Mark Doherty ...
Fishery Board Man II
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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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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$548,934 (USA) (24 September 2010)
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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 »

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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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[first lines]
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A Touching and Unique Fantasy/Drama.
20 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An unsuccessful fisherman named Syracuse is shocked when he pulls up a strange women in his fishing nets. She can't explain who she is or how she got in the water, but she doesn't want anyone besides Syracuse to see her. Syracuse must attempt to unravel the mystery or who or what she really is while trying to patch up his relationship with his ex-wife and take care of his sickly daughter.

Ondine possesses a style all it's own. It successfully blurs the line between fantasy and reality until the audience doesn't really know where one ends and the other begins. But, at it's heart Ondine is really about relationships and finding hope in desperate situations.

You truly care about all the characters and this is achieved by excellent performances from all the leads. Especially Alison Barry who is an amazing child actress and absolutely inspired as Annie, Syracuse's ailing daughter. Annie is convinced that Ondine is a Selke and revels in living in a fantasy that is much easier than her own life. The chemistry between Colin Farrell and Alicja Bachleda is another high point.

Ondine is not without it's flaws though. At points the drama can seem forced and it was starting to lose me towards the end. The ending is a little crazy as well, but that is fairly easy to forgive when considering all that works in the movie.

Ondine is an extremely heartfelt story and deserves a lot of praise for originality alone. I believe it is certainly worth watching at least once and hopefully it will get the attention it deserves.


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