Ondine (2009)

Posted: April 5, 2011 in Hollywood


The story of an Irish fisherman who discovers a woman in his fishing net who he believes to be a Selke (a water nymph).


Neil Jordan


Neil Jordan

Ondine is a movie that can truly be regarded as a modern day fairy tale. It’s a perfect mixture of myth and the brutal reality. It’s a story about the Selki myth, the struggling fisherman and his sick daughter and it has been depicted so amazingly that it mesmerizes the audience and profounds them with a sense of compelling magic and fantasy.
The story of Ondine has all the elements of a charming fairy tale and yet it’s an outstanding tale of the real world. The Selkie mythology has been depicted so wonderfully in the film that it established the plot with a compelling romanticism. It’s a sensitive story of salvation, love and magic that we often dream of but almost never find in our brutal real world of facts. I particularly liked the suspense that the movie creates and lets the audience keep guessing. It’s not untill the end of the movie, that we come to know the truth. The ending of the film is heartwarming. Like a wonderful fairy tale it has a “they happily lived ever after” type of ending. After all the tensions, all problems are resolved at the end. I think such endings make us optimistic about life and give us the courage to dream over again.
Collin Farrel is perfect as the the imperfect fisherman who works as hard as anyone to make a living. You may find it hard to understand his Irish accent(which i did and also it’s his real accent) it’s fun to watch him and he shows he can play any kind of role with panache. Alicja Bachleda looks beautiful and acts great. Their chemistry shines in the movie. Alison Barry as the innocent sick kid is cute and acts brilliantly.
At last, it’s a very pure and sensitive movie; a fascinating love story cum fairytale cum father-daughter story. Although, some may find the movie abit slow, I had fun watching it and that is all I want.

  1. Fantastic site. Lots of helpful info here. I’m sending it to several pals ans also sharing in delicious. And certainly, thanks on your effort!

  2. bayomi says:

    nice choice of words!!!
    I also loved this movie but I think it has a Korean version too.
    If you can research about that movie n post it thn I would really appreciate that!

  3. haha…stop fooling around n tell me who u r…

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