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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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Neil Jordan

Writer:

Neil Jordan
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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.

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Taglines:

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:

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

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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Soundtracks

Ondine Score
Written by Kjartan Sveinsson
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd
Licensed Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
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Liked this a lot more than I expected
25 March 2010 | by JulioMedallionSee all my reviews

I am a fan of Neil Jordan but I was extremely disappointed with Breakfast on Pluto, so I went to this movie with low expectations. Colin Farrell (once you get used to him with the sing songy Cork accent!)was super as was Alicia Bachleda. Along with the Butcher Boy and The Miracle the real star of the movie is a young actor (Alison Barry).

This is a fairytale interspersed with reality, it is a movie. I'm tired of reading reviewers criticising the fantasy elements conflicting with 'real life'. Suspend disbelief for God's sake , you are watching a piece of fiction, not a documentary.

This was a perfect movie for a lazy afternoon, it would even be suitable for kids from ages 8 upwards.Did not find it in the slightest bit boring or slow. To compare it with Moondance is completely unfair as that movie had both poor directing and a brutal script(in conjunction with some very dodgy acting).

Give Ondine a chance, you might find that you will be pleasantly surprised.


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