Pasatiempo - - Moving Images -

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)

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