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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.


Neil Jordan


Neil Jordan
6 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »





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


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Drama | Mystery | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


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


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 »


[first lines]
Syracuse: [into radio] Anybody out there? I need a little help.
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Featured in Maltin on Movies: Hereafter (2010) See more »


Then Comes Dudley
Written and performed by The Jesus Lizard
Courtesy of Touch and Go Records
(c) 1990 The Jesus Lizard (BMI)
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User Reviews

beautiful construction
30 May 2012 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

old tale. and its new pieces. a film about heart of solitude, force of myth, beauty of faith. and love as arena of freedom. mystery, legend, the image of a child about a woman, a fisherman with many problems and a kind of spell. a not special movie with science to give crumbs of delicate emotions and to make a legend more profound. not very right in details but exercise of good art to create emotion. and nice occasion to understand the limits of reality as fruit of dream. a interesting surprise - role of Colin Farell. a smart way to sustain drawing of character - dialogs with the priest and circle of past. delicate solution to create a gray world with fragile borders. inspired music and images. a good movie. not extraordinary. just beautiful. like each slice of life.

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Ireland | USA


English | Romanian | French

Release Date:

5 March 2010 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,497, 6 June 2010

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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