Ondine

Ondine

DVD - 2010
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Tells the story of Syracuse, a simple fisherman who catches a beautiful and mysterious woman in his trawler nets. The woman seems to be dead, but then she comes alive before Syracuse's eyes and he thinks he may be seeing things. However, with the help of his ailing yet irrepressible daughter, Annie, he comes to believe that the fantastical might be possible and that the woman (Ondine) might be a myth come true.
Publisher: Los Angeles : Magnolia Home Entertainment, 2010
Edition: Widescreen version
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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BiGirl
Oct 17, 2017

Beautiful fairy tale set in modern times with modern elements. Keeping an open mind while watching it helps you become enchanted by it like I did.

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readyrisa
Mar 19, 2017

It could have been an interesting movie... it does have beautiful scenery....but the story was very dull...and boring...not to mention one can hardly understand anything being said because of the accents..I had to turn the captions on...but even then...it was a very boring movie. PASS!

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BridgettM
Nov 15, 2016

This movie set in Ireland has a fairy tale quality. It reminds me of The Secret of Roan Inish since both films refer to selkies, mythological creatures that are seals in the sea and humans on land. It features my favorite performance by Colin Farrell. He seems to often play thugs, and here his character is much more likable. Ondine may also be streamed through the OverDrive online resource available through Hennepin County Library. The movie is rated PG-13 for some violence, sensuality and brief strong language.

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beckythecat1
Feb 23, 2016

a bit spooky but has a nice feel to it. almost a "chick flick."

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goofy
May 31, 2015

Modern day fairy tale in a way... I felt the actors were believable.

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Janice21383
Feb 16, 2015

Neil Jordan has directed some fine films. But when he writes the scripts, as he does in Ondine, the adult female lead characters are either mysterious beings, or evil harridans , and sometimes both (insert your own madonna/whore remark here). This time, these characterizations are integral to the story. Some suspension of disbelieve is required, but Jordan doesn't overdo the magic realism. The actors play their roles well (the Farrell/Rea scenes are a joy), with the exception of the young actress who plays the ailing daughter. It may be unfair to expect a child to carry simultaneously the burden of most of the exposition, and of being a twee plot devise. Ireland is heart-stoppingly beautiful, as is Alicja Bachleda.

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ncs1961
Aug 27, 2014

Modern fairy tale - just as grim as most fairy tales had to be to hold our interest and teach their lessons. Beautiful scenery and engaging characters.

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angel_heart
Aug 13, 2014

Desperately needs English subtitles if you want to understand anything. The acting of the little girl was poor. The young lady was too much of a slut for me to enjoy her acting.

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rslade
Jun 06, 2014

Not great or credible story. Somewhat fantasy love story with a bit of a banal explanation behind it. But sweet in places.

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pegasus71
Mar 06, 2014

My copy had no English subtitles so at least half of the dialogue was unintelligible due to the Irish accents. An interesting story weaving in the mythology of selkes but without the ability to understand the dialogue, it ended up mostly as a frustrating experience in trying to figure out what was going on.

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MeReneG
Oct 08, 2012

Misery is easy; it's happiness you have to work at. [Priest to Syracuse]

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