Some Fairy Tales Aren’t So Magical
Release Date: June 04, 2010
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 94 minutes
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Director: Neil Jordan
Writer: Neil Jordan
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When Syracuse (Colin Farrell) pulls up his fishing nets one day, he discovers a frightened young woman trapped in his net. The mysterious young woman’s name is Ondine; and Syracuse and his daughter Annie believe that Ondine may be a “selkie” – a mythological Irish creature that can transform from a seal to a human being.
Syracuse is a recovering alcoholic, and his daughter Annie is suffering from renal failure and in need of a kidney transplant. Yet, even amidst the stark reality of their pain, Ondine affects their lives in heart-warming ways. However, as reality clashes with fantasy, the mystery around Ondine unravels, leaving Syracuse to face the truth of Ondine’s past.
The story of ONDINE moves slowly and is not engaging. The plot is filled with moments of unbelievable happenstance, and the final act of the movie destroys the magical premise of the entire story. The movie, in an effort to mix reality and mythology, does an incredible disservice to both forms of storytelling. One incredible bright spot in the overly morose production is Syracuse’s daughter, Annie, played by the incredibly talented, young Alison Barry.
The movie has a mostly Romantic, mixed pagan worldview, yet it does contain positive moral elements of Catholic confession and a priest character who is painted in a very positive light. That said, the movie also has some elements of violence, including violence against a woman and bullying of a young woman in a wheelchair. It also contains some foul language, four obscenities and 11 profanities, some sexual content including implied fornication, several scenes of a woman in lingerie and wet dresses that are see-through, drunkenness, and a plot device of drug trafficking and people acting as drug mules. Discerning viewers may choose to see more worthwhile fairytales that are more emotionally engaging.
The story of ONDINE moves slowly and is not engaging. The plot is filled with unbelievable happenstance. The final act destroys the story’s magical premise. The movie has a mixed pagan worldview, but does contain positive moral elements of Catholic confession and a priest character painted in a very positive light. That said, the movie also has some elements of violence, foul language, sexual allusions, and a plot device of drug trafficking and people acting as drug mules.