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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.
Ondine is a movie that can truly be regarded as a modern day fairy tale. The story has been depicted so amazingly that it mesmerizes the audience and blesses them with a profound sense of compelling magic and fantasy. I am glad that after a long period of time I've watched a fabulous romantic movie, in the true sense of word. Romanticism is something that makes us escape our known world of mundane reality and takes us into a world of perpetual love, warm passion and incredible dreams. The story of Ondine has all the elements of a charming fairy tale and the ingeniousness with which it has been depicted makes it quite believable in the context of our known reality. It has all the elements of a fairy tale and yet it's an outstanding tale of the real world. The Selki myth, the struggling fisherman and her sick daughter, Ondine as the luck mascot, the monster who emerges to take Ondine away and the enthralling aura of mystery that shrouds the facts for long, make it a movie that's characterized by enchanting surprises, suspense, mystery, emotion and fantasy. What more can we expect from a fairy tale. The Selki mythology has been illustrated so wonderfully in the film that it endowed the plot with a compelling romanticism. It's a sensitive story of salvation, love and magic that we often dream of but seldom find in our concrete real world of facts. I particularly liked the ending of the film. Like a wonderful fairy tale it has a "they happily lived ever after" type of ending. After all the tensions, all problems are resolved at the end. I think such endings make us optimistic about life and give us the courage to dream over again. It's a very poignant and sensitive movie; a fascinating love story.
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