Thursday, October 18, 2007

Aye, Selkies

The girls and I watched The Secret of Roan Inish last night. We had watched the movie years ago but none of us could remember much-- I could remember some and the girls couldn't remember any of it.



The reason I thought of it was because I picked up a game the last time we were down in the cities. It's called Magical Creatures and its basically Clue but the characters within are magical creatures; creatures like: a mermaid, a unicorn, a phoenix, a fairy. In the game you're trying to save the selkie.

Well, The Secret of Roan Inish is also about selkies and I thought Kyra would like it. We all loved it. It's a film chuck full of stuff we love: people sharing stories, the sea, the coast, water, Ireland, thatched roof houses, hope, love and family connections.

This is what a film critic wrote about it.. yeah, he puts it beautifully.

Critic Stephen Holden, of The New York Times, liked the film's direction. He wrote, "The Secret of Roan Inish is the first film directed by Mr. Sayles that could be described as visually rhapsodic. Photographed by Haskell Wexler on Ireland's rugged northwestern seacoast, it is a cinematic tone poem in which man and nature, myth and reality flow together in a way that makes them ultimately indivisible."


"Visually rhapsodic, cinematic tone poem.. man and nature, myth and reality flow together" *G* nice.

I told Kyra as we were sitting there. "ya know, my Grandpa Ray was from Ireland. And he was really dark like that. We could be descendants from those people" ;) As I smiled at her.

We don't know much about my maternal grandfather's history. He came from Ireland but not much else.

6 comments:

diana-still-evolving said...

oooooh Lady in the Water?? How cool!

mesmith said...

I look for this movie everytime I'm in a dvd store - no luck. Glad to see amazon has dropped the price at least. Yeah.
Jamie! Jamie!

Snavleys said...

Oh, I LOVE that movie, one of my favorites. I might have to watch it again this week.

kelli said...

We looked in town too, but to no avail. We ended up getting it from netflix. I think we're going to buy it also :)

Holly said...

I loved that movie!
And I'm tagging you - if you haven't already been tagged, that is...

http://unschoolgirls.blogspot.com/2007/10/tagged.html

Ren said...

I love that movie too! Slow paced with a good story line, lovely cinematography and a bit of mystery.
Maybe it's time I find it again...