The story of an Irish fisherman who discovers a woman in his fishing net who he believes to be a Selke (a water nymph).
Release Year: 2009
Rating: 6.8/10 (8,340 voted)
Critic's Score: 65/100
Stars: Colin Farrell, Alicja Bachleda, Dervla Kirwan
On the coast of Cork, Syracuse is a fisherman, on the wagon, living alone. His precocious daughter, Annie, about 10, has failing kidneys. One day, a nearly-drowned young woman comes up in his net; she speaks oddly, 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's a selkie, a mythical seal turned human while on land. If this is a fairy tale, is there a happily ever after, or do the realities of alcohol, illness, and worse intrude, including Syracuse's inveterate bad luck? As his priest tell him, misery's easy, it's happiness you have to work at. Any hope of that?
Nurse – Dialysis
Fish Co Op Worker
Draper's Shop Tracy
Fishery Board George
Fishery Board Man II
The truth is not what you know. It's what you believe.
Release Date: 5 March 2010
Filming Locations: Bere Island, Beara, County Cork, Ireland
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $27,497
(6 June 2010)
(26 September 2010)
Did You Know?
Director Neil Jordan chose little-known Polish actress Alicja Bachleda because he wanted an unfamiliar face for his title character.
When Ondine comes up out of the water, she is soaking wet as she walks past Annie talking to her. Then suddenly, her clothing is barely damp as she continues up the stairs into the house.
Anybody out there? I need a little help.
Liked this a lot more than I expected
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
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