Writer and director Neil Jordan returns to the realm of folklore and fishes out a beautiful, mysterious womanlike creature (Alicja Bachleda) from the deep. She comes up in the net of a fisherman, Syracuse (Colin Farrell), off the Beara Peninsula in southwest Ireland. Is she a selkie? Or is there a more prosaic explanation? The appearance in town of a dark, menacing stranger holds a clue, and an eruption of violence shifts the tone. The thick dialect can be hard to follow, but the story is entertaining, and the coast of Cork looks lush and beautiful. Rated PG-13. 111 minutes.
CCA Cinematheque, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)