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Song of the Sea

  • Lifestyle
  • Family
  • 2014
  • Tomm Moore
  • 89 mins
  • PG

Summary

Animated fantasy featuring the voices of Brendan Gleeson and David Rawle. Six years after the disappearance of their mother, ten-year-old Ben still holds resentments towards his mute sister Saoirse, whom he blames for their loss. But then he makes an incredible discovery that leads the children on a fantastical journey.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

This animated fairy tale casts an intoxicating spell. Steeped in Irish myth, it tells an enchanting, folklore-inspired story about a young boy named Ben (voiced by David Rawle), who lives on a tiny island off the coast of Ireland. During the first couple of scenes, we discover that Ben resents his little sister, Saoirse (Lucy O'Connell), since her birth coincided with the sudden disappearance of their mother. After Saoirse falls ill, however, Ben tries to be a better brother, accompanying her on a fantastical, cross-country journey that involves a fearsome owl-witch and a trio of instrument-wielding fairies. All of this plays out as a child-friendly adventure, but at the same time it also functions as a moving - and occasionally heartbreaking - exploration of grief and loss. Combining beautiful animation with a haunting score, it's a gorgeous piece of work that deserves to be celebrated.

Credits

Cast

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BenDavid Rawle
Conor / Mac LirBrendan Gleeson
Granny / MachaFionnula Flanagan
BronachLisa Hannigan
SaoirseLucy O'Connell
Ferry Dan / The Great SeanachaiJon Kenny
LugPat Shortt
MossyColm O'Snodaigh
Spud / Bus driverLiam Hourican
Young BenKevin Swierszcz

Crew

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DirectorTomm Moore

Details

Theatrical distributor
Studio Canal
Released on
2015-07-10
Languages
English | Irish | Scottish Gaelic
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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