Thursday, February 24, 2011


An adult fairy tale, a little obvious at times, but fairly magical and engrossing. Colin Farrell plays Syracuse, an Irish fisherman who pulls a girl up in his net. Is she a selkie? Even though you can feel the film pulling at your heartstrings (Syracuse has a dying daughter), it works, staying gritty enough to earn its happiness. Colin Farrell is sad and quiet as Syracuse, and Alicja Bachleda is very good as the girl from the sea. Neil Jordan is a director with a spotty record but I've loved at least three of his films, and this one was as good as he's been in years.

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