Nei­ther fish nor fowl

On­dine, fan­tasy thriller, rated PG-13, CCA Cine­math­eque, 3 chiles

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Neil Jor­dan has ex­plored fan­tasy and folk­lore in movies like In the Com­pany of Wolves (1984) and In­ter­view With the Vam­pire: The Vam­pire Chron­i­cles ( 1994). And in his best movie, the gen­der-ben­der The Cry­ing Game (1992), he took shape-shift­ing to a shivery level with a de­li­ciously con­found­ing twist that left au­di­ences gasp­ing (and won him an Os­car for Best Orig­i­nal Screen­play).

With On­dine, Jor­dan re­turns to those wa­ters and fishes out a beau­ti­ful, mys­te­ri­ous wo­man­like crea­ture (Alicja Bach­leda) from the deep. She comes up in the net of an Ir­ish fish­er­man, Syra­cuse (Colin Far­rell), off the Beara Penin­sula in south­west Ire­land. Amaz­ingly, she’s alive, and af­ter a lot of chok­ing and cough­ing that make you won­der if it’s the wa­ter she’s swal­lowed or the air she’s breath­ing that’s caus­ing her trou­ble, she sta­bi­lizes and gives her name to the fish­er­man as On­dine. This may not be her real name, as it’s from an old Ger­man folk tale about a wa­ter nymph who curses her lover to die of sleep ap­nea; but then, she may not be a real woman, ei­ther.

An­nie (Ali­son Barry) thinks On­dine is a selkie. An­nie is Syra­cuse’s daugh­ter; she’s a plucky, wise-be­yond-her-years 10-year-old who rides around in a mo­tor­ized wheel­chair as a re­sult of fail­ing kid­neys that have her do­ing reg­u­lar ses­sions with a dial­y­sis ma­chine. Selkies, as you may re­call from the 1984 John Sayles movie The Se­cret of Roan

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