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The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)

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Young Fiona lives with her grandparents in a small fishing village where she takes an active role to unravel the mysterious secrets.

Director:

John Sayles

Writers:

Rosalie K. Fry (book), John Sayles (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeni Courtney Jeni Courtney ... Fiona
Pat Slowey Pat Slowey ... Priest
Dave Duffy ... Jim
Declan Hannigan ... Oldest brother
Mairéad Ní Ghallchóir Mairéad Ní Ghallchóir ... Barmaid
Eugene McHugh Eugene McHugh ... Bar Patron 1
Tony Rubini Tony Rubini ... Bar Patron 2
Mick Lally Mick Lally ... Hugh
Eileen Colgan Eileen Colgan ... Tess
Richard Sheridan Richard Sheridan ... Eamon
Micheal MacCarthaigh Micheal MacCarthaigh ... Schoolmaster
Fergal McElherron Fergal McElherron ... Sean Michael
Brendan Conroy Brendan Conroy ... Flynn
John Lynch ... Tadhg
Frankie McCafferty ... Tim
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Storyline

10-year-old Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Donegal, Ireland. She soon learns the local legend that an ancestor of hers married a Selkie - a seal who can turn into a human. Years earlier, her baby brother washed out to sea in a cradle shaped like a boat; someone in the family believes the boy is being raised by the seals. Then Fiona catches sight of a naked little boy on the abandoned Isle of Roan Inish and takes an active role in uncovering the secret of Roan Inish. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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The secret's out! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some moments that may be disquieting to small children | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Ireland

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

3 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le secret de Roan Inish See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,101,600
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (Stereo)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Near the end of the film, when the seals push the cradle-boat back into the sea, you can clearly see a hand at the top left corner of the frame grab the cradle and pull it. See more »

Quotes

Tess: Stuperstitious old man!
[goes to the fireplace to put out the peat-fire]
Tess: I rake this fire as the pure Christ rakes us all... with Mary at the foot and Brigid at the head. And may the eight brightest angels from the City of Grace preserve this house and all its people till the coming of the day.
[Crosses herself]
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Heartwarming and rich in Irish culture, but not in a sappy way
15 March 2003 | by SinjinSBSee all my reviews

One of the things I love about the Irish culture is it's rich legends and storytelling. This story follows Fiona (Jeni Courtney) who has returned from the city with her father to live with her grandparents. They had previously lived on the island of Roan Inish, but are now living on the mainland. The director, John Sayles, bring us a version of the legend of the selkie, a creature that is half seal-half human. I found this movie to be very heartwarming and rich in Irish culture, but not in a sappy way. Jeni Courtney turns in an excellent and completely believable performance as Fiona who learns about the legend of the selkie and uses it to find her little brother Jimmy who had disappeared at sea at an infant. The Irish landscape and sea are gorgeously filmed and it's as if you are there in Ireland learning about the legends yourself through the eyes of Fiona. '

***1/2 (out of 4)


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