Ondine (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  5 March 2010 (Ireland)
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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 ...
Norma Sheahan ...
Conor Power ...
Olwyn Hanley ...
Mark Doherty ...
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 | 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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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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Written by Tobias Broström
Performed by Johan Westerberg, Christian Ekstedt, Per Andréasson (as Per Andreasson) and Andreas Vettefors
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Hitting the right notes ...
13 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

The performances in this are just great. Combined with an equally good story, this makes for a very entertaining movie. Entertaining in the sense a story you might like to hear as a bedtime story. There are no big effects here and even great emotional scenes don't feel forced or heightened in any way.

While the main actress is beautiful, she is also good acting wise. And it is necessary, because her character (also the name of the movie) really carries this. Along with Colin F. of course, who has to take a few steps back and be really "quiet" ... kinda like the exact opposite of what you would imagine him to be in real life ... which also shows the strength in his performance!

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