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Tribeca Snapshot: Ondine

Tribeca Take Away: Ondine

NYC's Tribeca Film Festival is in full swing, and I've started screening the movies that made my list of must sees. First up was Colin Farrell's Ondine — read on for my review.

  • Who's behind it? Neil Jordan, who was behind the camera for The Crying Game and Michael Collins, wrote and directed the film. Colin Farrell and his real-life girlfriend, Alicja Bachleda, (they met working on the project) star alongside lesser-known Irish actors like Alison Barry and Dervla Kirwan.
  • What's it about? Colin Farrell plays Syracuse, a reformed heavy drinker who keeps to himself, his boat, and his disabled daughter, Annie. He's content with that quiet life until one day he literally fishes a woman out of the sea in a net, and everything changes. It seems as though Syracuse's luck might turn around with his impressive catch, who he starts to think may be a water creature called a Selkie from Scottish mythology. She responds to the name Ondine, and despite her extended period of submersion, the beautiful creature manages to cast a spell on Syracuse and, later, Annie.

To see how I feel about the film, just read more.

  • What did I think? It's no surprise that Farrell and Bachleda found love off screen; despite the uncertainty surrounding her origins, their characters have an impressive chemistry. An endearing performance from Barry, who has surprisingly few acting credits to her name, made the film even sweeter. A late plot twist involving a man from Ondine's past threatens to derail what's ultimately a love story between Syracuse and his daughter, as well as between him and Ondine. The film is also a comeback of sorts for Farrell, who's perfectly cast as a handsome gruff who can't help but get in his own way. Ondine is ultimately a quirky little picture, but it's heartfelt and well-acted enough to be a big success.
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