There is something about legends regarding oceans or underwater world that is as alluring as a siren’s call (or in this case, a selkie). For this edition of Things You Might Not Have Seen, I will talk about the animated fantasy film, Song of the Selkie, directed by Tomm Moore.
Song of the Sea is a magical tale about Ben and Saoirse, two siblings, who discover a family secret. This secret has caused a rift in the family, where Ben blames his sister, Saoirse, for being the reason of their mother’s disappearance, for it was shortly after when Saoirse was born, that their mother disappeared, and their father turned cold and distanced with grief.
Ben discovers that his mute sister is more than she appears. She is a selkie who has lost her voice. Together, they need to free supernatural creatures from the spell of a Celtic goddess, and discover the truth behind their mother’s disappearance.
Song of the Sea is a moving story about secrets and circumstances that can rip a family apart. The movie has beautiful references to Irish mythology, and supernatural beings and folklore creatures I hadn’t heard of before: Macha and her owls, sea king and warrior Mac Lir, Faeries called Na Daoine Sídhe, and others.
Visually, the movie is beautiful with its jewel tones and clean lines. Song of the Sea has a timeless story, is delightfully whimsical, and as an animation, brings a sense of wonder of the unknown to the viewer. It makes you want to discover unexplored places, lores, and secrets in your own world.
I hope that you will check out this beautifully animated movie. Thank you for reading today’s blog post. Have a wonderful day!