Dir. Neil Jordan
(2010, PG-13, 103 min)
★ ★

Watching Ondine reminded me a bit of Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo, which was also about a mystical creature from the sea, but perhaps because that film was animated it was easier to accept its flights of fancy. Filled with colorful, otherworldly imagery, it lent itself to an easy suspension of disbelief. Ondine, however, keeps one foot in fantasy and the other in the hardscrabble reality of an Irish seaside town, making neither world especially convincing. Eventually it comes off the fence and commits to one world in a jarring development that feels like an entirely different film taking over.

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