From the critically acclaimed director John Sayles, comes an enchanting look into the mythical legend of the Selkies. Adapted from the novel The Secret of Ron Mor Skerry by Rosalie K. Fry, Sayles tells the tale of half human, half seal creatures said to inhabit the Island of Roan Irish. In the quaint coastal Irish town of Donegal, there is a folklore myth that has fascinated many, in particular 10-year-old Fiona. Convinced that her deceased brother is living as a selkie, she embarks on a journey to find the truth behind the fable
My daughter and I watched this film together and quite enjoyed it. It's a rather charming folk story. I think my daughter enjoyed it as the little girl in the forefront of it is a similar age and a strong character. I think I enjoyed it largely as an antidote to the usual modern blockbuster fare.
Who would believe it?
- The Secret of Roan Inish review by Swambi
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It is difficult to characterise this film. The good points are traditional Irish backing music, shots of seals, lovely Irish islands and old Irish cottage interiors.
However, the plot is weak and unbelievable, including, as it does, seals morphing into and humans and back, a baby who sails around at sea in a cradle for years (without clothes), boats mysteriously propelling themselves, kids renovating derelict houses. This makes it too incredible and childish for adults - but (unfortunately) also probably far too boring, slow moving and confusing for most modern children.