is a 2009 Irish romantic drama film starring Stephen Rea and Colin Farrell
acting alongside Alicja Bachleda. The film was written and directed by Neil Jordan, the first film to be both written and directed by him since The Crying Game
The film is set in the West of Ireland. Farrell plays a fisherman called Syracuse who catches a woman in his net one day. The woman is mysterious and wishes not to be seen by people. Syracuse's daughter Annie suspects she is a selkie.
This film provides examples of:
- The Alcoholic: Syracuse and Maura, the difference is Syracuse has kicked his addiction.
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign
- As You Know: Annie gives Ondine a list of selkie rules. Subverted and coupled with Fridge Brilliance after the twist.
- Bitch Alert: Annie's mother. She doesn't get any nicer.
- Catch Phrase: Annie, "curiouser and curiouser". See Shout-Out below.
- Child Prodigy: Annie.
- Citizenship Marriage: Syracuse and Ondine/Joanna to allow her to stay in the country.
- Contrived Coincidence: Alex being the perfect candidate to donate a kidney to Annie after the car crash, just as Syracuse makes a wish. Funnily enough this one doesn't make sense after the twist.
- Daddy's Girl: Annie though it's not hard since he's the only competent parent she has.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Ondine.
- Doing in the Wizard : Ondine isn't really a selkie, just a really good swimmer. The song she sings is actually a foreign pop song and her selkie husband is a drug smuggler.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Syracuse dislikes being called "Circus" because it serves as a reminder of his alcoholic past.
- Halfway Plot Switch: The first 60% of the film is a romantic drama with a fairytale feel to it. The last 40% is a crime thriller.
- Ill Girl: Annie.
- Informed Attribute: Syracuse gets called "Circus" all the time, supposedly because he was a funny drunk. When we finally see him drunk, he's not funny at all.
- Lady Drunk: Maura.
- Light Haired Swimmer
- Like a Fish Takes to Water
- Magic Realism: Subverted.
- Meaningful Name: Ondine means "out of the water"
- Mood Whiplash: And how!
- Oireland: Mostly averted with an Irish cast though Colin Farrell does seem to slip into it a bit with his heavy Cork accent.
- Only Sane Man: Stephen Rea's character the Parish Priest.
- Ruthless Foreign Gangsters
- Sadly Mythtaken: A Scottish mythical creature with a French name, living in Ireland. Of course subverted with the twist. Selkies are a part of Irish folklore too
- Scenery Porn
- Scotireland: Selkies are Scottish creatures while Merrows are the Irish equivalents. Alex, who is Scottish, lampshades this.
- Scotland: Alex (Annie's stepfather) is Scottish.
- Selkies and Wereseals
- Sexy Soaked Shirt: Ondine gets a couple of these after going swimming in her dress.
- She's Got Legs: Ondine does like to wear dresses that show off her lovely legs. (Syracuse bought all her clothes for her.)
- Shout-Out: Annie's catchphrase is one to Alice in Wonderland.
- Sirens Are Selkies: Ondine has a haunting singing voice that is said to hypnotise lobsters and fish into the nets.
- Unkempt Beauty: Syracuse looks like he's never even touched a comb or razor. General consensus is that this makes the already Mr. Fanservice Colin Farrell even more attractive.
- Wild Hair: Syracuse.
- Women Are Wiser: Averted with Maura, Annie's mother who is an alcoholic mess. Even her equally boozed up husband is more competent than her.