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The Secret of Roan Inish

  • Directed by John Sayles
  • Ireland, 1994, 103 mins., English

In the late 1940s, 10-year-old Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Donegal, Ireland. She learns the local legend that an ancestor of hers married a Selkie—a seal who can turn into a human and back again. Years earlier, her baby brother washed out to sea in a cradle shaped like a boat; someone in the family believe the boy lived and was raised by the seals. When Fiona catches sight of a mysterious little boy on the abandoned Isle of Roan Inish (“Seal Island”), where her family once lived, she’s off on a mission to uncover the history and secrets imbedded in the family folklore.

Appears in: Kid Flicks

Genres: Dramatic Fable