Ignore even the favorable reviews of this film that suggest some
mystical or mythological significance. If the makers of the film
intended such it surely escaped me. You don't need to know that Ondine
is some German sea legend: Any background with fishermen pulling
magical things from the deep will do just fine. This movie works magic
of its own.
The beauty of the film is fisherman Circus' compromise with what's
happened. Our hero is no fool. He does not choose to believe the fairy
tale regarding the lover that came from his nets. No, he does not even
decide to suspend belief. Rather, it's his almost palpable decision
that joy and happiness don't come around often -if at all- and that
Life is too short to look a gift horse in the mouth. In this regard,
Circus' banter with his daughter Annie, who may or may not truly
believe in legends, appears like a simple compromise; e.g., "Why ask
questions? We don't NEED an answer anyway!".
The characters, small town setting and dialog are just perfectly low
key. There is subtle joy without evident emotion. There is hardship
without complaining or crying. There is communication with few words or
long conversations. And not to be overlooked is the physical beauty of
a small town by the sea. Indeed we see the same landscapes and streets
throughout, until we are living there too.
My only criticism is that the ending, the "intrusion", is a bit harsh.
Granted such had to be something in stark contrast to a fairy tale. Nor
can I conceive of a better plot devise and, in hindsight, its a
contemporary and believable circumstance. I'll shut up then.
ONDINE favorably compares with 1983's LOCAL HERO and the recent LARS
AND THE REAL GIRL. The former is set in a Scottish sea village while
the latter concerns a protagonist's suspension of belief regarding his
lover's reality. Those movies mine more humor, those the charm factor
carries all three. Start with ONDINE. See all three!.
irc11 watch 2 Fast 2 Furious movie
bryneth watch Cruel, Cruel Love movie
Inception is amazing! Ending blew me away! Mirrors - not as scary as it's made out to be.
Mindbreakers4802 watch Lone Star movie
damned thats a great movie.
yasui23 watch The Baby Juice Express movie
i want to watch the movie first.
yasui23 watch Lantern Hill movie
i need to watch the movie first.
Letter to Juliet quite nice i liked it .
perfect movie.i loved it. .
perfect movie .
i need more movies.
Romanian immigrant girl involved in smuggling drugs into Ireland!
As a Romanian citizen I am profoundly disappointed to learn half way
through the movie that what started off as an intriguing fantasy about
a mermaid fished out the water by an Irish fisherman shockingly turns
out into a story about a Romanian immigrant girl involved in smuggling
drugs into Ireland, who also has to marry the fisherman to become a
national. Problem#1 is that Romania has been in the E.U. since 2007 and
the movie is dated 2009...Problem #2 is that the Romanian girl is in
fact a Polish actress who speaks no Romanian in the movie. Problem #3
her PIMP is indeed a Romanian actor who speaks Romanian during some of
his parts, but none of that was translated into English. Problem #4:
why Romania again for the bad ass country image? Are move makers not
tired of this? Conclusion: waste of time, waste of money & if I knew
how I would file a complaint for all of the above problems in my
position of a Romanian EU citizen!