For the third installment of Foreign Film Friday I’ve picked a family movie, The Secret of Roan Inish. This is a wonderful Irish story of a young girl who discovers the history of her family, and takes them back to their ancestral island in order to save them. Watching Fiona learn about her family, and their stories, and trying to decide what is real and what is just a fairy tale is delightful. In the end it’s all about family and love and staying true to who you really are.
Alica McKenna Johnson writes about snarky girls, kind boys, and the adults trying to keep them alive. After day dreaming for the first thirty years of life, Alica finally began writing her stories down, much to the delight of her readers. As Alica sits in her armchair at home dreaming of traveling the world, her diverse characters explore for her listening to music, seeing the sights, and eating exotic foods.
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I think I saw this film long ago because the beauty of Ireland sticks in my head. I’ll have to rent it again. Thank you for the reminder.
It’s a sweet film. I hope you enjoy it.
I’ve never seen this. It looks really touching. Thanks for sharing.
You’re welcome- it’s sweet movie.
I’ve never heard of this before, I will definitely need to rent this…thank you so much for sharing!
I hope you enjoy it- you’ll have to let me know!
I always wanted to see this movie and your post reminded me 🙂 I love Irish myths, especially those of the Selkie/sea people.
In my YA series I’m planning on having one of my books deal with Selkie’s- they are a very fun myth.
This looks wonderfully moving. How do you find these films? I have friends who just moved back to the states from Ireland, and now you post this. I think it’s a sign I should do some Ireland research. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this!
I live near an indepedant video store and an indie movie teather close to the University- which means they have tons of foriegn films. And I’ve picked some pretty bad movies from time to time, but for the most part I’ve had good luck. Have fun researching- and don’t forget the music and movies!
I love this movie. I bought a copy when the kids were younger. So cute.
Thanks for bringing it to mind.
I need to own this one- it is such a sweet movie.
Alica, this movie sounds like one I’d like to watch. Thanks for reviewing it!
I hope you enjoy it!
I haven’t seen this one Alica, but you’ve piqued my curiosity. I love watching Irish movies. Thanks!
Irish movies can be a lot of fun, but some of the adult movies have a lot of cussing- which can be shocking at first.
Fellow foreign film fans? I watch at least one a week too. A few weeks ago it was Jig, the Irish Jig Dancing Documentary, which I’m sure you’ll definitely enjoy if you enjoyed The Secret of Roan Inish. The most interesting foreign film I’ve seen recently is Bride Flight though. It’s a Dutch movie that hits the states this weekend. The L.A. Times describes it as “a sweeping historical drama wrapped around a tale of star crossed lovers.” I was happy they enjoyed it as much as I did. Take a look at the review http://lat.ms/kPoYcv I thought it’d be the perfect addition for next week Friday’s foreign film.
I haven’t seen either of those movies- thank you for the recommendations I’ll definitely have to check them out!