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Ondine (2009)

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An Irish fisherman discovers a woman in his fishing net whom his precocious daughter believes to be a selkie.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Farrell ... Syracuse
Alicja Bachleda ... Ondine
Dervla Kirwan ... Maura
Alison Barry ... Annie
Marion O'Dwyer ... Nurse - Dialysis
Tony Curran ... Alex
Mary O'Shea Mary O'Shea ... Fish Co Op Woman
Gemma Reeves Gemma Reeves ... Draper's Shop Tracy
Stephen Rea ... Priest
Norma Sheahan Norma Sheahan ... Librarian
Emil Hostina ... Vladic
Conor Power Conor Power ... Eoin
Olwyn Hanley Olwyn Hanley ... Katie
Brendan McCormack ... Fishery Board George
Mark Doherty ... Fishery Board Man II
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Storyline

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.

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The truth is not what you know. It's what you believe.

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence, sensuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Ireland | USA

Language:

English | Romanian | French

Release Date:

5 March 2010 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Ундина See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,497, 6 June 2010

Gross USA:

$550,472

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,655,149
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Ondine is wrapped in the Mylar blanket, the wind gives the appearance of her having a fish-tail. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Syracuse: [into radio] Anybody out there? I need a little help.
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Takk
Written by Jon Thor Birgisson (as Jón Þor Birgisson), Orri P. Dyrason (as Orri Páll Dýrason), Georg Holm and Kjartan Sveinsson
Performed by Sigur Rós
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd
Licensed Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
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A Touching and Unique Fantasy/Drama.
20 June 2010 | by talkymeatSee all my reviews

An unsuccessful fisherman named Syracuse is shocked when he pulls up a strange women in his fishing nets. She can't explain who she is or how she got in the water, but she doesn't want anyone besides Syracuse to see her. Syracuse must attempt to unravel the mystery or who or what she really is while trying to patch up his relationship with his ex-wife and take care of his sickly daughter.

Ondine possesses a style all it's own. It successfully blurs the line between fantasy and reality until the audience doesn't really know where one ends and the other begins. But, at it's heart Ondine is really about relationships and finding hope in desperate situations.

You truly care about all the characters and this is achieved by excellent performances from all the leads. Especially Alison Barry who is an amazing child actress and absolutely inspired as Annie, Syracuse's ailing daughter. Annie is convinced that Ondine is a Selke and revels in living in a fantasy that is much easier than her own life. The chemistry between Colin Farrell and Alicja Bachleda is another high point.

Ondine is not without it's flaws though. At points the drama can seem forced and it was starting to lose me towards the end. The ending is a little crazy as well, but that is fairly easy to forgive when considering all that works in the movie.

Ondine is an extremely heartfelt story and deserves a lot of praise for originality alone. I believe it is certainly worth watching at least once and hopefully it will get the attention it deserves.


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