"INTOXICATINGLY BEAUTIFUL. Colin Farrell gives a beautifully confident performance."
"THERE IS SO MUCH BEAUTY and enough saving grace on these craggy shores to let the mists and the legends roll in and envelop you for a while."
"A GORGEOUS CONTEMPORARY FAIRY TALE. When director Jordan resolves the mystery, he does so beautifully, satisfying both realists and those who long for a storybook ending."
"AN ENCHANTING LOVE STORY. Neil Jordan expertly mingles whimsy with grit to create beguiling entertainment."
"***1/2. Farrell gives a powerful performance and the director’s version of happily ever after comes in its own striking way."
"A LOVELY SURPRISE. Ondine goes over like a gentle breeze, a sly piece of joy you won’t mind experiencing again."
"THERE’S SOMETHING THAT FEELS MAGICAL ABOUT THIS MOVIE."
"CHARMING AND ROMANTIC. A fish tale that will hook you. One of Colin Farrell’s best and most sensitive performances."
"It’s an adult fantasy whose beauty invites both dreamlike surrender and rationality—as the best cinema always does."
"A BEGUILING SIREN SONG OF A MOVIE."
"THE MAGIC OF ONDINE IS ALL BENEATH THE SURFACE. By the time the film’s questions are answered, Neil Jordan has already redefined what we commonly think of as magic."
"STRIKINGLY SUGGESTIVE. There’s real beauty in Ondine’s ambiguous sense of detail and understanding of how people relate to each other. Jordan delights in subverting the clichés of the fairy tale."
"**** ENTRANCING. A PURE DELIGHT. Ondine is injected with a heavy dose of magic and an endearing performance from Colin Farrell."
"MAY BE ONE OF THE BEST FILMS NEIL JORDAN HAS MADE. Sweet and frankly lovely."
ONDINE is the story of Syracuse, a simple fisherman who catches a beautiful and mysterious woman in his trawler's nets. The woman seems to be dead, but then she comes alive before Syracuse's eyes and he thinks he may be seeing things. However, with the help of his ailing, yet irrepressible daughter, Annie, he comes to believe that the fantastical might be possible and that the woman (Ondine) might be a myth come true. Ondine and Syracuse fall passionately in love, but just as we think the fairytale might go on forever, the real world intercedes. Then, after a terrible car crash and the return of a dark and violent figure from Ondine's past, hope eventually prevails and a new beginning is presented to Syracuse, Ondine and Annie.