Perhaps I was caught in that perfect juxtaposition in time and space wherein this motion picture caught me right on the tear ducts, but I could not stop the water works.
You might not be as moved, but their is only one way to find out – watch it!
Filmed in Ireland with accurate accents, this film is at times stunning – without the need for crashes and explosions. You may need closed captions to follow the dialogue.
Here is some basic information about the plot from the production web site:
“A poignant tale of a loving mother, a reluctant father, and the extraordinary journey that brings a young orphan home. Maire O’Donnell has a smile that can light up the darkest room. Joyful, warm and caring, she adopts a young orphan named Tomas and whisks him off to a new home on remote Corrie Island, off the coast of Ireland. Maire shares with Tomas the joys of her island home and introduces him to the whimsical local folklore, including the secret of the seals, and teaches him that everything you need is inside of you- if you really look.
“But Maire’s stern husband Alec silently disapproves of Tomas’ timidity and halting speech. He can’t hide his disappointment that Tomas isn’t the kind of child he was hoping for and his reluctance to get to know the boy makes Tomas unsure of whether he really belongs. ”
Some might consider this a “family film,” but it has some emotional moments, so maybe the adults should watch it first.
If you are caught in the proper conjunction of the stars, this will be a two hankie experience.
I warned you.