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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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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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5 March 2010 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Amor sin límites  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$548,934 (USA) (24 September 2010)
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Marion Cotillard was considered for the role of Ondine, but Alicja Bachleda was cast instead. 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]
Syracuse: [into radio] Anybody out there? I need a little help.
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Written and performed by Lisa Hannigan
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Thoughtful and Satisfying
4 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I respond well to movies with honesty and heart, and Ondine has plenty of both. Set in an Irish fishing town, you can also feel the love and respect of the filmmaker for the rugged and beautiful setting. The performances are excellent, with especially good work by the the young Alison Barry playing the part of Colin Farrell's daughter, who suffers from kidney failure and must undergo regular dialysis (reminded me of the early work of Dakota Fanning).

The film's "feel" is a bit darker than I expected, making the injections of wry Irish humor in Colin's confessions to the priest (played by Stephen Rea) even more enjoyable. The script keeps you wondering until very near the end, "Is this really a modern fairy tale, or is there a more earthly explanation?" The soundtrack is appropriately plaintive, with songs by Lisa Hannigan and others. I definitely plan to buy the soundtrack. Because this film is low-key and thoughtful, it probably will not receive the attention from audiences it deserves. But serious moviegoers should take the time to watch, enjoy and appreciate.


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