Still from Ondine

FAIRY TALE: Ondine (Alicja Bachleda), who may be a water nymph, is discovered in the net of Irish fisherman Syracuse (Colin Farrell), who falls hopelessly in love with her.


Written and directed by Neil Jordan

Neil Jordan's Ondine is a lovely picture, but it's so gentle and understated that it's attracted little attention. Unlike a lot of other summer films, it never comes at you aggressively.

The movie is derived from the German fairy tale about a water nymph (an undine) who falls in love with a fisherman. But writer-director Jordan re­constructs the story. His setting is an Irish coastal village, and the fisherman is Syracuse (Colin Farrell, in an impassioned performance). He's a recovering alcoholic whose wife, Maura (Dervla Kirwan), kicked him out when he stopped drinking, since she couldn't quit too.


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