The Secret of Roan Inish

The Secret of Roan Inish
The Secret of Roan Inish
  • PG
  • 1h 42m
  • 1995
Certified Fresh95%
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Ten-year-old Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Donegal, Ireland. She soon learns the local legend that an ancestor of hers married a selkie -- a seal who can turn into a human. Years earlier, her baby brother washed out to sea in a cradle, and some think that he is being raised by the seals. Then Fiona catches sight of a naked little boy on the abandoned isle of Roan Inish and takes a more active role in uncovering the mysteries which abound.
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Common Sense Says
Gentle Irish folk tale of a young girl's island odyssey.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that some images in this film may be frightening to young children: a cradled infant boy floats into the stormy sea and disappears while birds attack two men on the shore, preventing them from rescuing the baby; a "Selkie" (legendary seal) unsettlingly sheds its skin to become a woman. The opening scene takes place at the funeral of a young mother; the sound of a wailing baby intensifies the sadness. There is a startling moment when a young man suddenly stabs a knife into a table. Stories and superstitions are related throughout, some of which humanize sea creatures and sometimes make them appear threatening. Drinking takes place in local pubs. A naked toddler runs along the beach in several sequences.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family
  • Release Date:February 3, 1995
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
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