May 14, 2013
Soggy love story of interest only to Dunst diehards. Here she sports some young rugged beauty, enviable long golden hair, and among the worst Canadian accents ever heard. The location of this isolated fishing isle is never specified so, judging from the dialects, for a time I thought it was near Ireland until I began picking out the faces of some familiar Canadian actors. However all the musical cues are distinctly Irish, so who knows? Regardless, Kirsten sounds like she spent some misplaced deep-fried Southern time.
Part of the movie takes place in the present where we're supposed to sympathize with a sullen teenage brat (Julia Brendler); part of my brain was whispering "Jump!!" after she climbed in despair to the top of a lighthouse. She meets a crusty old unpublished author (Lynn Redgrave) who recounts her latest work, and that's the story that sluggishly plays out during most of the film. Writer/director Sheri Elwood touches upon a curse that plagues this fishing community every 50 years and hints at a dark secret to lift the curse, but nothing ever comes of the foreshadowing. Much of the rest of the script is similarly underwritten with only a couple characters gaining any foothold, but at least the vital ingredient of the budding romance between Dunst and naval captain's son Trent Ford works.
December 10, 2007
A great movie.
June 2, 2009
It's definatly at least interesting. It's not entirely artsy fartsy but it's close with all the flashback and montage scenes. It's not something to watch all the time, but at least it wasn't a complete waste of my time.
September 29, 2006
A fantastic, mystical journey into the legends that shape a small Novia Scotian fishing village.
A petulant teenager learns of the town's sordid past, while also having to realize that she is not the only one to have ever lost a loved one.
Lynn Redgrave is amazing in this film. If you loved The Secret of Roan Inish, you will love this film.
May 21, 2006
Wicked sad, almost like the titantic didn't really have a ending. And it's also like the titantic how the guy.. oh nvermind don't want to spoil it.
IT's about this cursed ocean, that people keep drowning in. lol
June 17, 2013
Bittersweet tale of lost love, grief, and the sea, with breathtaking cinematography of the coast of Nova Scotia in a haunting film that reminds me somewhat of Ondine. Lynn Redgrave is wonderful, as is Julia Brendler.
May 23, 2013
Canadian writer-director Sheri Elwood did this fine film set in a small fishing town where writer Lynn Redgrave has written a story that gets depicted within the movie as she tells the story to a disgruntled teen girl (Julia Brendler) Two films in one. Redgrave's story about a sadden girl parallels that of Brendler's. Kirsten Dunst plays the story-girl and gets top billing, which Brendler, who is very good, doesn't.
December 18, 2009
This film was just OK. I thought it was alternately confusing and implausible. The basic story idea was a good one. We have an ancient Viking curse that calls for the tragic death of one of a pair of young lovers. Later in time, another tragic story of doomed lovers is played out in contrast/comparison to the first. I thought Lynn Redgrave is very good here as a grumpy story teller w/ a story of young love lost. Kirsten Dunst is also very good here. The movie unfolds going back and forth in time between the 2 tragic stories of love lost. I thought this technique was effective and well done. The scenery was beautiful and well shot.
The stories began to drag a bit after the first hour or so. In the first story, as a child, the Silly character goes into the water to learn to swim. She takes to it like a fish. She smiles and swims w/ open eyes under water. She sees a mysterious clump of seaweed w/ glowing green bubbles. She emerges from the sea w/ changed eye colour. The village is convinced that she, ?is the chosen one?. But, chosen for what?? She is warned by her mother to never go into the water. Later, as a young woman, she falls in love. The relationship is forbidden. They flee in a boat. The young man, a sailor, jumps into the sea. He dives under the boat and emerges on the other side. Silly (K Dunst) , loses a valued string of pearls; the young man easily dives and retrieves the pearls. A storm comes up immediately. Silly asks him to return to the boat. He says he cannot. Why not?? He is only a few yards away. He is a skilled swimmer. It does not make any sense.
The current time story of doomed lovers does not reveal the cause of death until near the films end. We see a little bit of the lovers relationship but not enough to appreciate their relationship. So its hard to feel the loss.
The only way to enjoy this movie is as a fairy tale. You can go with the visual and emotional feel of the film.
You need to ignore the troublesome plot points. It seems almost all films require some forgiving of awkward plot features. But, the fewer, the better.
Its interesting to note that this film does not have a theatrical release date. Seems it must have gone straight to TV or DVD.
|cape breton gal||
December 4, 2009
Being from Cape Breton this movie really hits home with its Maritime/sea theme - and along with the tragic storyline - and rich storytelling (also a big part of my culture) - I fell in love...
The story is about two women who share a loss - the girl the loss of her boyfriend to a motorcycle accident - the elder woman the loss of her lover many decades prior. The girl comes to the island with her mother to "heal" from the trama she's suffered (I believe they were both in the accident - but its been a while since I watched this one) and she meets an elderly neighbour who is able to "get through to her" through the telling of a story that seems more of a fairytale/legend about the island they are on and its terrible "curse" linked to its Maritime lore.
I found this story to be very moving and very beautiful. The acting was good overall fairly - Kirsten Dunst is in this one - but her acting is a bit pre-mature (but ok) - I'd recommend you watch this one and form your own opinions... its a bit of a hidden gem for me...
November 30, 2009
"All of life is salt water ... tears, sweat and the sea"
Claire McKay comes to the island after the tragic death of her boyfriend and finds comfort in the storytelling of an old woman about the curse of the island.
A tragic but romantic story of two women trying to move past their grief. Kirsten Dunst's acting was awful but the story was beautiful and very poetic. I love stories about small fishing towns. Something about them is so captivating and they always makes wonderful settings for stories.
August 6, 2007
This is not an easy film to warm up to, it is very aloof and hard to get into. Visually though, it looks great, nice cinematography and a very good score as well. Well made, great sets and costumes.
November 1, 2003
Even Kirsten Dunst can't save this...