DVD - 2010 | Widescreen version
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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, c2010
Edition: Widescreen version
Branch Call Number: DVD OND DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Part love story, part fantasy, this film is directed by the famed Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan. After a fisherman catches more than just fish in his nets, myths of the region begin to come to life for him and his daughter. Wonderful scenery of Ireland's coasts here; worth to watch just for that!

Fairytales usually do not have "happily ever after" endings. And that's what is great about this film. It's never too pushy with its level of the fantastical. I usually do not go for movies with any type of supernatural element, but this one captivated me with its lush Irish setting and... Read More »

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Feb 15, 2021

Very alluring. Seamlessly melds fantastical thinking with reality. A great Irish film!

Oct 02, 2020

If you know that mystical/magical/impossible things do exist in this world, then you may like this movie.

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!

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 also may be streamed through the OverDrive online resource available through Hennepin County Library.

Feb 23, 2016

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

May 31, 2015

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

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.

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.

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.

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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Oct 08, 2012

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


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