On the brighter side, Zoe took Seth into town to the movies, and Craig went to run some errands, so I was left at home alone on a Sunday for the first time in.... I don't know how long. I decided to do something that I haven't done in years, I had a midday soak in a deep, hot, tub with a good book and lashings of bubbles. It was so quiet and relaxing that I stayed in until my skin had gone wrinkly. So lovely, the perfect way to waste some winter alone time.
When I was little, my nan would always let me have huge bubble baths in the middle of the day at her house. I used to pour all kinds of liquids that I found around her bathroom into the water, like I was making a magic potion. The bubbles would get so high that I would be completely lost under them when I got into the bath. I recall losing entire afternoons playing in that deep old bath of hers, pretending that I was a mermaid running my own magical swimming pool and charging my imaginary friends 20 cents a pop to join me. It was one of my favourite things to do at my nan's house on a rainy day. I guess that feeling has never really gone away, because I still love it.
That was a sweet little trip down memory lane, but that is enough sentimental reminiscing for one day. Now I will go and make a pot of bolognaise sauce so that we can enjoy a little comfort eating later on, get cracking on knitting Seth's Gyrffindor scarf that is nearing completion and perhaps watch something on TV, because glancing over to the study window, I can see that it is still very miserable outdoors.
Release Date: 2009
Running Time: 111 mins
When fisherman Syracuse (Colin Farrell) hauls a beautiful and mysterious women named Ondine out of the sea in his net, he finds himself ensnared in an ancient Irish legend regarding mystical creatures called selkies. His sick daughter Annie is convinced that Ondine is actually a seal that can change into human form on land. Syracuse helps Ondine, for Annie's sake, but on top of trying to discover the truth about Ondine, he also is struggling with the demons of his past and his drinking problem.
Shot on location in Castletownbere, Ireland, this mythological tale is beautifully realised by writer and director Neil Jordan. The story line, although steeped in fantasy, is a touching tale about the perils of being a motherless single family and the lonely struggles of a dysfunctional man with an ill child.
I thought that Farrell was fantastic, portraying the confused, well meaning and strung-out father role with an endearing and heartfelt conviction. Alison Barry is sweet as Annie, the desperate believer and ill child, and Alicja Bachleda-Curus is beautiful as the mysterious character Ondine.
There are some complexities that will be lost on younger audiences, and the Irish dilect may be hard to follow for some, but overall I adored this movie and like the main characters, I also hunger for myth, so it got a thumbs up from me.
FINAL SAY: Misery is easy, happiness you have to work at.
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