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Chicago Theatrical Return Engagement
"A gorgeous contemporary fairy tale... Ondine paints a world in which the miraculous and the mundane coexist not just comfortably, but convincingly" -Washington Post
"Some of it is fanciful and some harsh, resulting in a deliberate collision of moods that defines the picture's personality" -Variety
½ -Los Angeles Times
Recommended "Fantasy is never just escape in the films of Irish writer-director Neil Jordan. It enlarges, rises above, dips way below reality and redeems the sorrowful life" -NPR
"Intoxicatingly beautiful... [Colin Farrell's performance] is understated to the point that some may find it unremarkable — but it's a beautifully confident performance" -Time
"There's real beauty to Ondine's ambiguous sense of detail and understanding of how people relate to one another" -Slant Magazine
½ -Chicago Tribune
Recommended! "There are half-a-dozen luminous instances as stirring or haunting as anything Jordan has done. These touches come in bursts; most of the film is paced with wry assurance" -NewCity Chicago
"[A] lovely drama... the story traces an elusive line between fond fantasy and harsh reality" -Chicago Reader
"A beguiling siren song of a movie about the way the unexpected has a way of intruding on even the most fatalistic lives" -Onion AV Club
Syracuse (Colin Farrell) is a moody Irish fisherman as well as a recovering alcoholic. One day, while trawling his ordinary route off the coast of southern Ireland, he pulls in the biggest catch of his life -- a beautiful young woman. He is astonished that she is alive and finds himself mesmerized by this woman of the sea who calls herself Ondine. This magical encounter sets off a miraculous chain of events loaded with romance and bewilderment. Entirely thanks to the encouragement of his ailing but precocious young daughter, Annie, he slowly comes to believe in the mystery surrounding his new catch, aptly named after the water nymph of German folklore, while falling deeply in love with her. However, just as we think that this fairytale might go on forever, the real world intercedes and after a terrible car crash, a violent figure from Ondine's past returns, placing the happiness of this new family in serious jeopardy.
Played with remarkable conviction by Colin Farrell, this tale of Syracuse and his mermaid love come to life in a web of fantasy that only Neil Jordan and the distinctive cinematography of Christopher Doyle can deliver. Fusing whimsy with the harsh realities of a broken, working-class family in a small Irish fishing village, Ondine is an ethereal treat that transports you across the ocean and into another world. Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Michael Collins) directs this enchanting Irish drama that is a touching tale of love, redemption, and healing.
Directed by Neil Jordan, Ireland/U.S.A., 2009, 35mm, 103 mins.