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Selkie Tale

A review of Song of the Sea

I went to see Song of the Sea yesterday with my roommate. She and I each have a MoviePass, so we go to the movies together a lot. I figured out that I saw 10 movies in the theater last month. That's a bit crazy until you realize that I only paid $35 for all of them. You should seriously consider signing up if you like seeing movies at the theater. I do ask that you use my link because they give me a $10 credit if you sign up. :)
I thought this was a perfectly lovely movie that felt a lot like old Irish songs: lyrical, ethereal, and slightly sad. It left me feeling like I wanted something more at the end, like a ticket to a lush green country with rolling hills and crumbling castles.
The story focuses on Ben and his little sister Saoirse (pronounced "sear-sha"). Their mom died when Saoirse was born leaving Ben to dislike his sister and ignore her as best as a 10-year-old can ignore his 6-year-old sister. And even at 6, Saoirse still doesn't speak.
After Saoirse discovers her selkie coat on the night of her birthday (when dad is at the pub unhappy about losing his wife, and granny is taking care of the 2 children), she goes out to sea and plays with her seal friends. Granny discovers her washed up on the beach and forces Dad to let her take the children away to the city. Neither of the children want to go, and after they are there only a couple hours, they run away, trying to get back to their dad and the lighthouse that is home. The film is the journey that takes them from Granny's home in the city back to their dad's place. Along the way, Ben discovers that his sister is one of the Sidhe (pronounced "she"), the fairy-folk, and has to rescue her from the claws of Macha, the owl goddess.
It's a great, family-friendly, fairy story. It's a bit sad, a bit happy, and a lot lovely.
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