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.
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...
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.
5-8-09 Great Movie Very Deep
Jane from NYC