TOP 5 SELKIE BASED FILMS
Yay! It’s movie time! It’s time to break out the popcorn and the fuzzy socks and get cozy in front of the television. It’s a rainy day, so I decided to review my movie collection. Because I decided to write my first in-depth blog post about Selkies after a lot of thought. Selkies in the movies are even better.
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Lara Dunning, an aspiring writer and professor, is currently working on a YA novel about the mythological Selkie. This post was inspired by her work. Her blog is a good place to discover more about her and the things she’s written.
FIRST OFF, WHAT IS A SELKIE?
Some of you may already be familiar with the Selkie, a sea creature that is a hybrid of seal and human ancestor. Folklore in Scotland and Ireland is dominated by tales of Selkies. Take a look at this Walter McCorie-animated version of a traditional Scottish folk tale:
With this in mind, let’s take a look at what modern cinema has to say about the Selkie, which has been around for centuries. Oh, and just so you’re aware, the following paragraphs contain SPOILERS.
5. The Selkie’s Lover (2013)
Don’t worry. Because it is only a short film, The Selkie’s Lover (2013) drops to fifth place on the list. It’s also more harder to get your hands on than the others. Aside from that, it’s a charming indie short about a man falling in love with a Selkie. The story is set in the present day, yet it tells an ancient tale in an attempt to connect the two and convey a timeless message. Let me know what you think if you can get your hands on it.
4. Selkie (2000)
An adequate film, but not one of my personal favorites. In large part due to Jaimie’s constant whining and annoyance. But I’m quite sure he should.
Australasia is the setting for most of the movie. As Jamie matures into a young man, he begins to notice that something is off about him. Firstly, his fingers are webbed and the sea just appears to keep beckoning. Jamie discovers that he has a lot of unique Scottish ancestry that will make it much more difficult for him to fit in as a teenager. If you make it through the first half, it’s actually a pretty good movie.
3. The Search for Roan Inish (1994)
Selkie fans tend to see this film as a sort of cult classic. In addressing the idea of Selkie ancestry, it’s very similar to The Selkie (2000). But the parallels end there. There is a mystery surrounding the disappearance of a newborn brother in this narrative, which was originally set in Scotland. In comparison to The Selkie, this tale is more sordid and full of folklore and superstitions (2000). The writing is superb, and this is a film that you should not miss.
2. Ondine (2009)
That being said, this is the film that introduced me to the subject topic in the first place (for more on Ana Dunning’s review, click here). Colin Farrell as a fisherman who raises a beautiful woman in his nets. It doesn’t take long for the daughter of a fisherman to conclude that she must be a Selkie and that her father must act quickly before her Selkie husband returns to recover her from her father.
What is it about this that makes it my favorite? Inquiring minds would wonder. Most true folklore tends to hide its harsh truths in its charm. Divorce, drunkenness, disease, and a slew of other depressing topics are prevalent in the picture. As a result of all of this, the main characters come to accept folklore conceptions as genuine possibilities. Breaking the monotony of the situation. One Selkie woman who has fled her spouse is Ondine, a woman full of hope for a new start in a strange nation. It’s not a pleasant ending, but it’s an intriguing one none the less. If you have the patience to see it through to the conclusion, I highly suggest this film.
1. Song of the Sea (2014)
Just to be clear, I am a huge fan of animated films. In addition, this is a great piece of art. Choosing between Search for Roan Inish (1994), Ondine (2009), and Song of the Sea was a difficult decision for me (2014). Why was Song of the Sea (2014) voted the best film of the year? In large part as a result of the format. As a fan of fantasy stories, I found animation to be an excellent medium for telling this one. As a picture that is suited for all audiences, unlike Ondine (2009) and The Search of Roan Inish (1994), it is also a film that has received its fair share of attention despite its age. So, Song of the Sea has been voted the best film of the year.
HONORABLE MENTION: The Seventh Stream (2001)
Since then, I’ve learned that I should have included 2001’s The Seventh Stream in my original post. Thank you for the idea, Morgan Grey! Alaskan author and selkie fanatic Morgan Grey lives in Anchorage. You can learn even more about selkies by visiting her blog, A World of Selkies.
Back to the movie, shall we? One of the year’s best films, The Seventh Stream (2001) belongs in the top five. An authentic selkie tale, The Seventh Stream (2001). With all of the enchantment, intrigue, tragedy, and sassy accents, of course! I loved Owen Quinn’s heroic acts that led him to discover love again in this beautiful narrative. This was the best selkie-themed film I’ve ever seen. Gluttony, heartbreak, romance, betrayal, and murder all figure prominently. It contains a lot of excellent twists and turns, which I absolutely loved. To sum up, if you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend it! It’s a terrific resource for newbies, longtime devotees, and everyone in between. It brought a tear to my eye.