March 5th, 2010



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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

Director: Neil Jordan

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?

Colin Farrell - Syracuse
Alicja Bachleda - Ondine
Dervla Kirwan - Maura
Alison Barry - Annie
Marion O'Dwyer - Nurse - Dialysis
Tony Curran - Alex
Mary O'Shea - Fish Co Op Worker
Gemma Reeves - Draper's Shop Tracy
Stephen Rea - Priest
Norma Sheahan - Librarian
Emil Hostina - Vladic
Conor Power - Eion
Olwyn Hanley - Katie
Brendan McCormack - Fishery Board George
Mark Doherty - Fishery Board Man II

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


Official Website: Official site | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 5 March 2010

Filming Locations: Bere Island, Beara, County Cork, Ireland

Box Office Details

Budget: $12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $27,497 (USA) (6 June 2010) (5 Screens)

Gross: $548,934 (USA) (26 September 2010)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Director Neil Jordan chose little-known Polish actress Alicja Bachleda because he wanted an unfamiliar face for his title character.

Continuity: 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.

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

User Review

Liked this a lot more than I expected

Rating: 8/10

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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