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.

Ondine

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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