Ondine: A mermaid, a mystery, a miracle
by Francie Scanlon
Jun 09, 2010 | 2896 views | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Left to right: Colin Farrell, Alison Barry and Alicja Bachleda in Ondine. (Photo Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)
Left to right: Colin Farrell, Alison Barry and Alicja Bachleda in Ondine. (Photo Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)
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If you are longing for a trip anywhere but don’t have the means to acquire a ticket, if you are exhausted from the oil well in the Gulf that won’t stop giving, if you want to cleanse your soul without expending untoward psychic expense, run to see Ondine.

At this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Ondine enjoyed its U.S. premiere. Showcasing the exceptional story-telling skills of Oscar-winner Neil Jordan, Ondine is the story of a sea-farer’s aspirational excursion to a place beyond imagination without limitation of the senses.

Set in the Southwest Coast of Ireland, Ondine is a fairytale fantasy about a lonely fisherman, Syracuse (Colin Farrell) who one day finds a bedazzling woman – Ondine (Alicja Bachleda) - in his trawler net and, in the process of untangling her slithery past, unearths mystery, mayhem and the majesty of redemption.

Ondine is mystical, marvelous and mighty. Even though his townspeople have given up on him, Syracuse refuses to slink into the sea’s abyss. Just as the personal and the political erupt in Sophocles’ play when the Greeks no sooner relinquish their wounded comrade Philoctetes only to discover that they require his bow to vanquish their long war with the Trojans, so too Syracuse’s landsmen forsake his humanity - cat-calling him ‘Circus’ - only to realize the monumental value of his presence amongst them.

Ondine is sheer seduction without sin, without sanctimony and without surrender. If you want to sail deep without a wet-suit and discover your own shoreline anew with a refreshly-spirited gaze, race to Ondine.
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