Ondine Short Review (2010)

Neil Hordan’s Ondine is a very pleasing low key film that has touches of an Irish fairy tale. The movie’s characters are amicable and easy to empathize with.

The story is mostly uncomplicated. A fisherman with some troubles finds a woman in his fishing net. She turns out to be alive but with no memory of who she is (or so she says). The man’s ailing daughter believes her to be a mythical creature and when his luck begins to change he starts believing it to. That’s about all you need to know.

Colin Farrell’s best roles are generally when he plays in his own dialect and he’s really good here. Thats not a knock on him, just that he seems to perform at his best in the smaller more intimate character driven roles.

Alicja Bachleda is… I guess the word ‘wow’ would describe her best. She is immediately engaging possessing a very sweet, innocent demeanor throughout the film. On top of that, Director Jordan makes use of her physical assets at every given opportunity. She’s a beautiful woman (with a nice voice) and fits the role of a fairy princess.

Alison Berry is cute as a button as the daughter with failing kidneys. She’s the one convinced that Ondine is a magical creature. She even manages to make her father start to believe that good things can happen.

As I said, it’s a very low key film. The laid back guitar laden soundtrack gives the film a melancholy tone even when things are going well for the characters in the film.  Or maybe it’s just lazy day music, I don’t know. I don’t want to give the impression that it’s a sad film. It’s not. I liked the soundtrack in any regard.

I REALLY enjoyed this movie. It’s sparse (and plods along at times), but that fits the locale of the story. The Irish fishing town is like something out of a storybook. It didn’t quite make my ‘Best of’ 2010 list, but it is one of my favorites. Great film for a rainy day.

3.5 of 5 whatevers.

*On a side note, the film was released in (at least) Canada in 2009, but it didn’t play in the state until (March?) 2010. So this is one of those foreign flicks that I categorize by release date in the USA, not in it’s home country (or any other foreign land).


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