The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
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There's a timeless quality to The Secret of Roan Inish, in that it's the kind of family film they used to make in the 60s and 70s. Based on the folk tales of various Irish islands, a young girl moves in with her grandparents just after World War II, in a small fishing community where every NPC has a piece of the legend to tell. And in those legends of fairy seals (good animal actors!), she sees the possibility of her baby brother, once lost at sea, being still alive. It's a charming tale filled with sympathetic characters, beautifully shot and scored. There's a glow coming from the screen that puts you in mind of foggy shores and something magical just out of reach. By largely keeping the camera at the girl's level, we're brought into her world where much is possible that, to adults of the post-war era, would be too difficult to believe.
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