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 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 »
Anybody out there? I need a little help.
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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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