Couch Potato Pickings | Ondine, and the legend of the selkie

Ondine,Alicja Bachleda

An atmospheric Irish movie, Ondine is the story of a lovelorn fisherman called Syracuse (Colin Farrell). His life is turned upside down when one day he catches a beautiful woman (Alicja Bachleda) in his fishing net who may, or may not, be a selkie.

Ondine,Colin Farrell

If you’ve no idea what a selkie is, then you’ll find out if you watch the film.

Or you could check out my selkie checklist below:

  • A selkie is a seal that has shed its skin to become a human.
  • A selkie will gaze longingly at the ocean.
  • A selkie can return to the sea if they put their coat back on.
  • A selkie can only make contact with one human for a short time before they must return to the sea.
  • But, if a human hides or buries a selkie’s coat, the selkie won’t return to the sea.
  • A female selkie makes a wonderful wife.
  • Once a selkie has returned to the sea, seven years will pass before he or she is seen again.
  • If a woman wishes to make contact with a selkie male, she has to go to a beach and shed seven tears into the sea.
  • A selkie can grant one wish.
  • A selkie sings beautifully.
  • A selkie’s offspring has webbed fingers and toes.


To activate the sound in the trailer: hold your cursor over the screen to reveal the control panel and click on the volume control in the bottom right-hand corner.

Ondine is currently available on demand on Sky Box Office and FilmFlex