The latest film from acclaimed director Neil Jordan, "Ondine" is a real change in direction for him, telling as it does the story of a fisherman by the name of Syracuse who one day catches a mysterious woman in his nets. This woman is the Ondine of the film’s title. But could she be a magical creature? That’s one part of the mystery of "Ondine", which plays out as a modern fairy tale as much as anything else. It’s also the story of Syracuse and his young daughter Annie too, a pair who for various reasons are having tough times. When Ondine comes into their lives, things are inevitably brought into focus, and the scene is set for a good, solid drama, albeit not always a comfortable or happy one. Among the acting highlights, we get a lower-key lead performance from Colin Farrell as Syracuse. But the highlight of "Ondine" is arguably Alison Barry, who plays his daughter. Jordon too does fine work behind the camera, keeping things low key and effective throughout. "Ondine" is a film with problems, sure, and it’s not going to be to everyone’s taste. But it’s worth seeking out as a quiet picture that swims just a little against the tide, and it’s all the better for it. --"Jon Foster"