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4.1
646 Ratings

Song of the Sea

Directed by Tomm Moore
Ireland, Luxembourg, 2014
Animation, Family, Fantasy

Synopsis

Ancient magic and folklore is at the heart of this fine animated tale from Ireland.

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Song of the Sea Directed by Tomm Moore

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2015 | Nominee: Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

César Awards

2015 | Nominee: Best Animated Film

It’s heart-on-sleeve stuff, teetering on the melodramatic, though it never pulls punches in terms of accepting that life involves us accepting and processing a heavy torrent of horror and depression. That all of this is articulated with such immense and playful visual splendour, levity, and not to mention arch humour, makes it truly a joy to behold.
July 10, 2015
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The visual experimentation of The Secret of Kells has hardened into a style… The novelty is gone but the technical accomplishment is greater: the background landscapes, and the clouds in particular, are more beautiful than anything I’ve seen recently outside Studio Ghibli’s work.
July 10, 2015
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The film is every bit as rooted in Celtic lore as its predecessor, but it branches and blooms into something less straightforwardly linked to a particular time and culture. The colours, forms and emotions are individually familiar, but they’re combined in ways that aren’t quite like anything you’ve seen before. If it hadn’t been bagsied by Disney in 1940, the perfect word for it would be fantasia.
July 09, 2015
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