The latest film from acclaimed director Neil Jordan, Ondine
is a real change in direction for him, telling as it does the story of a fisherman by the name of Syracuse who one day catches a mysterious woman in his nets. This woman is the Ondine of the film’s title. But could she be a magical creature? That’s one part of the mystery of Ondine
, which plays out as a modern fairy tale as much as anything else. It’s also the story of Syracuse and his young daughter Annie too, a pair who for various reasons are having tough times. When Ondine comes into their lives, things are inevitably brought into focus, and the scene is set for a good, solid drama, albeit not always a comfortable or happy one. Among the acting highlights, we get a lower-key lead performance from Colin Farrell as Syracuse. But the highlight of Ondine
is arguably Alison Barry, who plays his daughter. Jordon too does fine work behind the camera, keeping things low key and effective throughout. Ondine
is a film with problems, sure, and it’s not going to be to everyone’s taste. But it’s worth seeking out as a quiet picture that swims just a little against the tide, and it’s all the better for it. --Jon Foster
is a lyrical modern fairy tale that tells the story of Syracuse (Colin Farrell), an Irish fisherman whose life is transformed when he catches a beautiful and mysterious woman (Alicja Bachleda) in his nets. His daughter Annie (Alison Barry) comes to believe that the woman is a magical creature, while Syracuse falls helplessly in love. However, like all fairy tales, enchantment and darkness go hand in hand. Written and directed by Neil Jordan--and shot against the Irish coast's magical backdrop by cinematographer Christopher Doyle--Ondine
is a story of love, hope and the unwavering belief in the impossible.