Director: Neil Jordan (The Company of Wolves, We’re No Angels, Michael Collins, Interview with the Vampire, Breakfast on Pluto, The Brave One)
Screenplay: Neil Jordan
Producers: Ben Browning, James Flynn, Neil Jordan
Starring: Colin Farrell, Alicja Bachleda, Alison Barry, Stephen Rea, Dervla Kirwan
MPAA Rating: 14-A (UK)
Running time: 111 min.
A craftsman film maker, Neil Jordan almost always know how to deliver. Not always with plot or characters (though that’s obviously still a part of it), but quite often with tone, mood and set. One could argue that with his latest, Ondine, the gorgeous locale off the coast of his home country of Ireland plays just as big of a role in bringing this film together as any of the principal cast members. To say the film is breathtakingly gorgeous would be quite the understatement. From opening to closing shot, Ireland is showcased profoundly in all of its wonder, glory and mysteries in this adult fairy tale of love found and lost and found.
Syraceuse (Collin Farrell) is a simple man living a simple life as a fisherman off the coast of Ireland. Sharing responsibility with his estranged wife of their special needs daughter, who is undergoing kidney dialysis, Syraceuse has given up the bottle and though still a bit on the irresponsible side, he is a genuinely caring man and only yearns to make an easier life for his struggling daughter. While trolling the waters for fish one day, Syraceuse nets a beautiful young woman who appears dead. With some resuscitation and a little luck, Ondine is revived; though apparently with no memory and no wish to be seen by anyone. With her safely aboard his boat, Ondine inexplicably brings about near impossible good luck for Syraceuse and he allows her to stay at his dead mother’s cottage on the sea side. As the mysterious luck continues and more and more evidence mounts, Syraceuse and his daughter, Anna, concoct a story that maybe Ondine is actually some sort of sea creature or fairy and of course a love begins to blossom (both as a companion and a mother for Anna). Reality and fantasy are soon blurred and all involved in this story begin to realize who and what they are and what they are not.
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