With Song Of the Sea finally arriving in cinemas in the UK and Ireland on July 10th, we're reposting our review of this fantastic film!
Winding through a landscape populated with fairies, giants turned to stone, selkies and painfully grounded humans, Song of the Sea delights in blurring the lines between the commonplace and fantastical. Following studio Cartoon Saloon’s Oscar nominated début Secret of Kells, director Tomm Moore’s second
film with his team at Cartoon Saloon is an altogether more personal
piece. He has returned to the rich history of Celtic folklore, and found
it lurking in the cracks of a broken family.
Part folk tale, part family drama, the story is refreshingly simple. Ben (David Rawle) lives with widowed father Conor (Brendan Gleeson)
and mute little sister Saoirse in a lighthouse. Ben prefers the simple
companionship of his sheepdog Cu to Saoirse, for whom in a complicated
ball of emotion, he blames for the loss of their mother. He clings to
the vague, magical memories of her songs and stories as comfort from the
cold reception from his dad. When curt and stubborn Grandma (Fionnula Flanagan)
arrives, she knows there is only one way to fix the family: take the
children to Dublin, leaving Conor, and Ben’s beloved Cu behind, to
recuperate. The night before their departure, however, Saoirse stumbles
across hidden corners in their old lighthouse, where old family secrets
lie awaiting discovery