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The Secret of Roan Inish [1994 film] (1995)

by John Sayles (Director/Screenwriter)

Other authors: Cillian Byrne (Actor), Eileen Colgan (Actor), Jeni Courtney (Actor), Sarah Green (Producer), Mick Lally (Actor)3 more, John Lynch (Actor), Maggie Renzi (Producer), Richard Sheridan (Actor)

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A magical tale of a girl whose search for her missing brother brings an Irish legend to life.
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Substance: Interweaving the legends and lives of the Irish fishermen post-WW2. Based on the book "Secret of the Ron Mor Skerry."
Style: Slow on purpose, relying on Irish music and cinematic shots of the landscape and ocean for effect. ( )
  librisissimo | Jan 22, 2012 |
Based on the book, The Secret of Ron Mor Skerry, by Rosalie K. Fry (which I have not read), and adapted by director John Sayles, the movie, which has remarkable cinematography, is based on myth and lore explored by the protagonist, 10-year-old Fiona, who after her mother dies, goes to live with her grandparents on the island of Roan Inish, where her family has lived for generations and "selkies" are said to live. A selkie, in Irish lore, is a person who can transform him or herself into a seal.

Years earlier, Fiona's younger brother was swept out to sea as a baby and now she believes, after hearing stories by her grandfather and villagers, that her brother, Jamie, was kidnapped and raised by a selkie. She sees, playing in the grass on Roan Inish, a child who she believes is Jamie. Now, it is her task to convince her family that the child is her long lost baby brother.

Filmed on the incredibly beautiful west coast of Ireland with actual residents as secondary actors, the story is superb and captivating. Far from the quote-unquote civilized world, its foreign nature and eerie wonder make the tale of half seal/half person beings a perfect one for the YA imagination. It is filled with drama, passion, and familial love, as well as the connection and bond of an island community.

It is truly a classic for the young adult audience.
  rnnyhoff | Nov 8, 2008 |
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  snvids | Oct 3, 2007 |
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Sayles, JohnDirector/Screenwriterprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Byrne, CillianActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Colgan, EileenActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Courtney, JeniActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Green, SarahProducersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lally, MickActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lynch, JohnActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Renzi, MaggieProducersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sheridan, RichardActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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