Song of the Sea

An Irish youth (David Rawle) discovers that his mute sister is a selkie who must find her voice and free supernatural creatures from the spell of a Celtic goddess (Fionnula Flanagan).In this enchanting new story from the Academy Award-nominated director of The Secret of Kells, Ben and his little sister Saoirse.”

It’s not a book, but it’s a story, and it melted my heart. Song of the Sea is one of those rare magical-realism treats that won’t you leave you more confused than when you started watching it. Kind of like Pan’s Labyrinth, except way less heart-wrenching, despotic, and way more hopeful: this is sure to be a classic.

I am reminded by stories like these why I love magic, mythology, and children’s stories. It is a charming tale directed by Tom Moore, a proclaimed Miyazaki of Ireland. Combining animation, fables of celtic myth, and a beautiful score, it’s already on my list of movies to re-watch.  It will leave you feeling good for many days after, and dares to go wherever our imagination leads us, unhindered and spirited. It’ll make you cry, laugh, sing-along and walk away absolutely inspired.

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