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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.

Director:

Neil Jordan

Writer:

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

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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 ... 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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

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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Country:

Ireland | USA

Language:

English | Romanian | French

Release Date:

5 March 2010 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor sin límites See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,497, 6 June 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$548,934, 26 September 2010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Stephen Rea plays a minor role in this film, and he also had a starring role in a similar "mermaid" film released in the same year, Nothing Personal (2009) See more »

Goofs

Syracuse sets an empty vodka bottle at his feet while on the island with the lighthouse. When he walks away from Ondine the bottle is still there. However, after a cut to show Syracuse starting up the boat and back to Ondine hearing the boat and jumping up, the bottle is nowhere to be seen. Ondine could have thrown it away in between, but there's no sign that she moved at all. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Syracuse: [into radio] Anybody out there? I need a little help.
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Connections

Featured in Maltin on Movies: Hereafter (2010) See more »

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Twilight for Two Marimbas
Written by Tobias Broström
Performed by Johan Westerberg, Christian Ekstedt, Per Andréasson (as Per Andreasson) and Andreas Vettefors
Copyright 2006 Marimba Productions Inc., All Rights Reserved
Courtesy of Naxos Rights International Ltd
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A Romantic Fairy Tale
19 September 2010 | by asefkabirSee all my reviews

Ondine is a movie that can truly be regarded as a modern day fairy tale. The story has been depicted so amazingly that it mesmerizes the audience and blesses them with a profound sense of compelling magic and fantasy. I am glad that after a long period of time I've watched a fabulous romantic movie, in the true sense of word. Romanticism is something that makes us escape our known world of mundane reality and takes us into a world of perpetual love, warm passion and incredible dreams. The story of Ondine has all the elements of a charming fairy tale and the ingeniousness with which it has been depicted makes it quite believable in the context of our known reality. It has all the elements of a fairy tale and yet it's an outstanding tale of the real world. The Selki myth, the struggling fisherman and her sick daughter, Ondine as the luck mascot, the monster who emerges to take Ondine away and the enthralling aura of mystery that shrouds the facts for long, make it a movie that's characterized by enchanting surprises, suspense, mystery, emotion and fantasy. What more can we expect from a fairy tale. The Selki mythology has been illustrated so wonderfully in the film that it endowed the plot with a compelling romanticism. It's a sensitive story of salvation, love and magic that we often dream of but seldom find in our concrete real world of facts. I particularly liked the ending of the film. Like a wonderful fairy tale it has a "they happily lived ever after" type of ending. After all the tensions, all problems are resolved at the end. I think such endings make us optimistic about life and give us the courage to dream over again. It's a very poignant and sensitive movie; a fascinating love story.


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