June 4th 2010
  • Drama/Fantasy,
  • PG-13,
  • 111 min,
  • Magnolia Pictures
  • Cast: Colin Farrell, Alicja Bachleda, Tony Curran, Stephen Rea, Tom Archdeacon, Dervla Kirwan, Alison Barry, Norma Sheahan, Emil Hostina, Don Wycherley
  • Director: Neil Jordan
  • Writer: Neil Jordan
  • Producers: Ben Browning, James Flynn, Neil Jordan
  • Executive Producers: Michael Maher, Peter Rawlinson
  • Art Direction: Mark Lowry
  • Castings: Susie Figgis, Frank Moiselle, Nuala Moiselle
  • Costume Design: Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh
  • D.O.P.: Christopher Doyle
  • Editor: Tony Lawson
  • Makeup: Morna Ferguson
  • Music: Kjartan Sveinsson
  • Production Design: Anna Rackard
  • Set Decoration: Judy Farr


"Ondine" is the enchanting story of Syracuse (Farrell), a lonely fisherman who one day pulls a beautiful woman named Ondine (Bachleda) out of the sea in his nets. His young daughter Annie is convinced that she is a "selkie" —a creature from Irish folklore much like a mermaid. Syracuse has his doubts, but as Ondine brings some luck and joy to his otherwise downcast life, he starts to come around as well. "Ondine" deftly blends romance and fantasy with the realism of modern life in an Irish seaside town.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Bere Island, Ireland; County Cork, Ireland; Dursey Island, Ireland
  • MPAA Warning: Some violence, sensuality and brief strong language
  • Production Companies: Irish Film Board, Octagon Films, Radio Telefís Éireann, Wayfare Entertainment
  • Production Schedule: 21 July 2008 - 6 September 2008

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2010 Guide Analysis: "Acclaimed Irish helmer Neil Jordan returns to the fantasy genre with this straight-up fairytale that scored solid reviews on its debut in Toronto this year. The lush visuals shot mostly off the Irish coast combined with understated performances and a breezy albeit unhurried tone will make this too lightweight of an effort for some fans hoping for another great Jordan effort like "The Crying Game" or "Interview with the Vampire".

Yet it may find more commercial success outside of Ireland than many of its ilk thanks to its family-friendly tone. Certainly it looks to have a lot more heart and charm than M. Night Shyamalan's similar if woefully inadequate water nymph story "Lady in the Water". Plus Sigur Rós' keyboardist Kjartan Sveinsson provides the score which makes this one where the sensory aesthetics alone are enough to recommend it."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 5 March 2010: Ireland
  • 15 April 2010: Argentina
  • 23 April 2010: Poland
  • 10 June 2010: Netherlands
  • 25 August 2010: France