Ondine (12A)

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Time Out says

Posted: Tue Mar 2 2010

Neil Jordan has fallen into a regular pattern of late, following every trip to  Hollywood with a more personal  Irish indie. You can feel the loving care in every frame of ‘Ondine’, but that only serves to make this saccharine, crudely plotted romance feel even more misguided.

Colin Farrell plays Syracuse, a trawlerman and recovering alcoholic who pulls a mysterious, scantily clad woman (Alicja Bachleda) from the sea in his net. Bringing her to the mainland, Syracuse and his disabled daughter (the terrific Alison Barry) become convinced that the stranger, who calls herself Ondine, is in fact a mythical selkie: part woman, part seal.

These unabashed fairy-tale elements fit uncomfortably with the more earthbound elements of Jordan’s script, not to mention his  habit of getting Bachleda to shed her clothes at every opportunity. A clunky third-act shift into thriller territory only makes ‘Ondine’ more confused: ambitious and deeply felt, to be sure, but also winsome and wildly uneven.
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Rated:

12A

UK release:

Fri Mar 5, 2010

Duration:

104 mins

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Cuauhtémoc Kish

The main characters make this one a winner, and the intertwining of the fairy tale made it winsome. More than pleasant, it stuck a chord, pulled by different, not uneven movement on the screen.

Cuauhtémoc Kish

The main characters make this one a winner, and the intertwining of the fairy tale made it winsome. More than pleasant, it stuck a chord, pulled by different, not uneven movement on the screen.

Chris Redmond

I agree, the film was a misfire despite some lovingly crafted scenes and beautiful cinematography. My girlfriend comes from Castletownbere so it was nice to see some of the locals involved! Shamselkie, reveal yourself, we may well have met!

shamselkie

I come from the town where Ondine was filmed - even was an extra in it - and I'm generally a fan of Neil Jordan's films, but I agree with the reviewer that it is a 'wildly uneven (and) crudely plotted' film. I could say much more but on another aspect: despite one of Jordan's avowed objectives to celebrate the beautiful Beara Peninisula (where he has a holiday home), his dark interpretation of the locale could convince tourists of a nervous disposition to stay away from the depressing, drink-and-drug-sodden town and the landscape/seascape of perpetually louring skies. This is not how I experience this extraordinary place that I live in. Jordan is definitely on one of this cyclical downs with this trite, pseudo-intellectual pot-boiler (the director was probably filling in time during the Hollywood scriptwrtiters' strike) film but I look forward to him raising his game (crying!) again.