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The Secret of Roan Inish ()

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featuring Mick Lally, Eileen Colgan, John Lynch, Jeni Courtney, Richard Sheridan

The magic of folklore forms the basis of this Irish tale by writer-director John Sayles. Adapted from the book Secret of the Ron Mor Skerry, the 1940s story is told from the point-of-view of Fiona (Jeni Courtney), a young girl sent to live with her grandparents in an Irish fishing town. Her grandfather weaves grand stories about the family's evacuation from their home on the tiny island of Roan Inish and about his great-great grandfather, who once cheated death at the hands of the unforgiving sea. As she meets other villagers, Fiona hears even more personal stories about an uncle who married a beautiful, part-human/ part-seal and about how the sea stole her baby brother during the departure from Roan Inish. Later, Fiona believes that she has found Jamie romping in the grass on Roan Inish, and she must convince the family of her vision. While Roan Inish has the feel of a family film, it shares with other Sayles works a character who learns history through storytelling, such as Sam Deeds in Lone Star (1996) and Dr. Fuentes in Men with Guns (1997). Sayles builds cohesive stories from multiple voices, showing the importance of oral history and indicating that learning the past can alter the future. ~ Norm Schrager, Rovi Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
by carillon on Nov 27, 2010

This is by far one of my most favorite movies and I am so pleased to have found an affordable copy



by mermaid on May 4, 2008

This is one of my all time favorite movies. Told from the point of view of a little girl, it takes you onto the lovely journey of the secret of the forgotten island of Roan Inish. What I love about this movie is not only director John Sayles' honest and spare portrayal of the story, but also the little girl's performance which is also very real and yet at the same time maintains the innocence of childhood. The question throughout the film is, should the little girl be believed or is it her imagination? The answer I always get when I watch this movie is, what we believe is our reality and this little girl reminds us to be positive and to believe in hope, which leads the rest of the characters to discover that hope creates miracles.

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