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.
When Ondine and Annie first meet, Ondine is soaking wet and her dress is clinging to her on shots toward the water, showing Ondine from the front. On alternating shots, looking toward the house and showing Ondine from behind, she is barely damp or completely dry and the dress is not clinging to her at all. See more »
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Hats off to the Philippines' Mars Ravelo. For years now, Mars has created an impressive pantheon of characters, not the least of which includes the timeless, enduring fish tale of Dyesebel, the mermaid. Dyesebel, arguably his most famous creation, is another shining example of his talents as a gifted artist. In this adaption, a lone fisherman, Syracuse, is out on his boat, when his net snags something really big, he draws in his net, finding a near dead attractive young woman in it. After reviving her, he takes her to a family owned cottage where nobody ever ventures to. There,he finds out a "wee" bit about her (but not much, outside of her name now being *ahem* "Ondine" *cough*). When Syracuse tells of his discovery to his young daughter, Annie, she sets about to find out about her, and imagines she's a Galang Kaluluwa (a creature drawn from Philippines lore, which is supposed to be related to seals) here called a "Selkie", to compinsate for the change of culture and setting. Eventually,the whole village finds out about "Ondine", and warm up to her. Things begin to warm up between Syracuse, "Ondine" & Annie,until a mysterious stranger turns up on the island that threaten to tear it all apart. Also unlike any Dyesebel movies, there was no magic Concho or Shell in the movie.
Neil Jordan takes & directs this beautiful story and adds a tart twist of lemon. The breath taking cinematography is by Christopher Doyle, with editing by Tony Lawson. The film's musical score is by Kjartan Sveinsson, of the Icelandic band, Sigur Ros, with songs by Sigur Ros & others. The cast includes Colin Ferrell, as Syracuse, Allicja Bachleda, as Ondine, Alison Barry, as Annie,Neil Jordan regular, Steven Rea as the priest, and Tony Curran, Dervla Kirwan, Emil Hostina & Norma Sheehan. Another crowd pleaser from the Philippine's Mars Ravelo (uncredited). Rated PG-13 by the MPAA for some salty language, brief sensual content & some brief, but not too graphic flashes of violence.
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