Mu­sic to our ears

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re­leased OUT NOW! 2015 | U | Blu-ray/dVd

Direc­tor Tomm Moore

Cast david rawle, lucy O’Con­nell,

Bren­dan Glee­son, lisa Han­ni­gan

Heart­bro­ken that Hayao Miyazaki has re­tired? Then check out the work of Tomm Moore and Car­toon Saloon. Their lat­est, Song Of The Sea, blends tra­di­tional folk­tales, a mag­i­cal world just be­yond our own and soul­ful hand-drawn an­i­ma­tion in a way that’s rem­i­nis­cent of Ghi­bli’s great­est creations.

Ben and Saoirse are young si­b­lings who live by the sea. But Saoirse is spe­cial – she’s a selkie who trans­forms into a seal in wa­ter, just like her miss­ing mother. Fear­ing that Saoirse will one day dis­ap­pear too, dad sends the kids in­land to live with their grandma. But when Saoirse gets sick, brother and sis­ter em­bark on an epic voy­age across the Ir­ish coun­try­side, cross­ing paths with faerie folk and a mis­guided witch who turns peo­ple into stone.

En­chant­ing from its open­ing mo­ments, Song Of The Sea is a cross-gen­er­a­tional gem. It tells a touch­ing tale about the bond be­tween a brother and sis­ter and the im­por­tance of ac­cept­ing sad­ness as part of the griev­ing process, but does so by blur­ring the lines be­tween our world and a myth­i­cal land­scape rooted in Ire­land’s her­itage. The way the film’s leg­endary char­ac­ters mir­ror the ev­ery­day char­ac­ters and their jour­neys is won­der­fully imag­i­na­tive, and as a whole it’s beau­ti­fully con­structed.

Top-notch vo­cal per­for­mances and ex­em­plary mu­sic also prove cru­cial in a film where sound is just as im­por­tant as vi­su­als and plot. Un­miss­able.

Ex­tras A com­men­tary; “Art Of”; three min­utes of be­hind-thescenes footage; short an­i­ma­tion tests; trailer. Jor­dan Far­ley

The film is en­chant­ing from its open­ing

Try and keep a close eye on Saoirse’s shadow – it doesn’t al­ways ap­pear to be en­tirely hu­man…

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