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Ondine

Year:
Duration:
111 min
Genres:
Drama | Romance
IMDB rate:
6.8
Director:
Awards:
6 wins & 6 nominations
Details
Country: Ireland
Release Date: 2010-03-05
Filming Locations: Bere Island, Beara, County Cork, Ireland
Earnings
Budget: $12,000,000
Opening Weekend: $27,497 (USA) (6 June 2010)
Gross: $548,934 (USA) (26 September 2010)
Cast
Actor
Character
Colin Farrell
Syracuse
Dervla Kirwan
Maura
Alison Barry
Annie
Marion O'Dwyer
Nurse - Dialysis
Tony Curran
Alex
Mary O'Shea
Fish Co Op Woman
Gemma Reeves
Draper's Shop Tracy
Stephen Rea
Priest
Norma Sheahan
Librarian
Emil Hostina
Vladic
Conor Power
Eoin
Olwyn Hanley
Katie
Brendan McCormack
Fishery Board George
Mark Doherty
Fishery Board Man II
Peter Gowen
Dr. Hannon
Helen Norton
Nurse
Don Wycherley
Kettle
Gertrude Montgomery
Ban Garda
Reese O'Shea
Paudie
Sharon Shannon
Funeral Musician
Dashiel Jordan
Kid on Bike
Ante Novakovic
Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
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Trivia
Marion Cotillard was considered for the role of Ondine, but Alicja Bachleda was cast instead.
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The song played with the closing credits is Lisa Hannigan's "Braille". For some time the song was available for subscribers of Hannigans newsletter. An official release did not follow.
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Goofs
When Ondine comes up out of the water, she is soaking wet as she walks past Annie talking to her. Then suddenly, her clothing is barely damp as she continues up the stairs into the house.
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Quotes
Annie: What about your past lives?
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Priest: So, who's going to marry her, Syracuse?
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Syracuse: [Ondine is sitting on the wheelhouse floor, steering the boat with her foot, showing lots of leg] You can't really guide a boat with your foot.
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Faq
Q
What is this movie about?
A
Irish fisherman Syracuse (Colin Farrell) catches a drowning woman (Alicja Bachleda) in his net. She has no memory of who she is, tells him to call her Ondine, and refuses to be seen by anyone other than Syracuse. He allows her to live in a vacant house left by his deceased mother, whom he describes as also being secretive and not liking people. To entertain his daughter Annie (Alison Barry), who is wheelchair-bound due to kidney failure, he makes up a story about a fisherman catching a woman in his net, but Annie begins to believe his story and thinks that Ondine may be a selkie.
Q
How does the movie end?
A
Syracuse brings Annie home after her kidney transplant. Annie asks about Ondine, but all Syracuse will tell her is that Ondine has gone home. Annie assumes that she went back to her "selkie husband" but assures Syracuse that she will return because she left something (her seal coat) here. As Annie is skimming through the TV channels, Syracuse suddenly hears the song that Ondine sang when on his boat. Realizing that it's a real song, not a selkie song, Syracuse returns to the island where he left Ondine. He finds her lying on the rocks and asks her to tell him the truth about herself. At first, she lapses into the story about being a selkie, but he presses her for the real truth, so she explains that she was a prisoner and a drug mule from Romania who was forced to dive overboard with a backpack of heroin when the coast guard boarded their boat. She swam until she could swim no more then started to sink, thinking she was going to die, until Syracuse's net brought her up. Her real name is Joanna. When Syracuse and Joanna return home, they find Annie being held by Ondine's "selkie husband" Vladic (Emil Hostina). An accomplice holds Syracuse at gunpoint while Vladic slaps Joanna around until she tells him where she buried her seal coat, which is actually the bag of heroin. When they find the bag missing, Annie admits that she moved it into one of Syracuse's lobster traps. While they are hauling in the trap, Annie and Syracuse push Vladic and his accomplice into the water. Vladic drowns. In order to prevent Joanna from being deported, Syracuse and Joanna marry, much to Annie's delight.
Q
Is Ondine based on a book?
A
No. Ondine is based on a screenplay by Irish film-maker Neil Jordan.
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Alicja Bachleda
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