Every culture has their own myths regarding creatures that are not quite human. In the Irish culture, the myth of the selkie has been told for generations.
In the 2009 movie, Ondine, Syracuse (Colin Farrell) is a single divorced father who has finally stopped drinking. Earning his living as a fisherman, he is taking care of his daughter, Annie (Alison Barry), who is living with kidney failure. While on the job one day, Syracuse catches a woman in his net. She calls herself Ondine (Alicja Bachleda) and begs Syracuse not to divulge her location. While Ondine is staying in an isolated cottage that belonged to Syracuse’s late mother, Annie learns about her father’s visitors and is convinced that she is a selkie. The question is, is Ondine really a selkie and how much hope can she bring before reality bursts this bubble?
I’m not a huge Colin Farrell fan. But I do like this movie. I like it because it is small in scope, focusing on only a few main characters. But, it also has a message about hope, even with our human foibles and our physical failures.
I recommend it.