‘Song of the Sea’ in review

A fantastical story that will leave you spellbound

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I remember watching movies when I was young and feeling so captivated by the world on screen that I would feel as though I had euphorically entered a realm where fairytales do exist, love triumphs all and adventure begins when you least expect it.

If you’re looking for that same blissful pleasure, “Song of the Sea” will take you to another world where you can feel like a kid again.

This film contrasts real life with the spellbinding world of the fantastical, capturing both the burdensome reality of unfortunate tragedies as well as the enchanted realm of fairies, witches and Celtic tales.

On a remote island off the coast of Ireland lives Conor, his wife Bronagh, his young son Ben and his sheepdog Cu. One night pregnant Bronagh unexpectedly disappears, leaving behind her newborn daughter Saoirse with a broken family.

Six years later, Conor is still stricken with guilt and remorse after the disappearance of his wife. Ben antagonizes his mute younger sister, who he associates with the disappearance of his beloved mother.

Everything changes when the siblings are forced to move from their lighthouse island to their grandmother’s house in the city. When Saoirse mysteriously falls ill, it is up to Ben to save her, bringing them on a daunting yet whimsical journey.

“Song of the Sea” alludes to various Celtic legends. Saoirse and Ben find their way back home following glowing lights that appear when Saoirse plays the celestial seashell her mother gave to Ben.

Along their way, Ben and Saoirse encounter a group of fairy creatures who need the help of the mythical Selkie who must sing her song to free the fairies Mancha the Owl has turned to stone.

The film connects these Celtic fables with two siblings who must get past their differences in order to save otherworldly creatures which they are somehow inextricably bound to.

This Oscar-nominated animation is rich with color and imagination frame to frame. Every scene is visually entrancing, paralleling patterns in nature with the real and mystical, captivating audiences regardless of age.

If you’re looking for a light pick-me-up, catch “Song of the Sea” at 2 p.m. Friday through Sunday with an additional 7 p.m. showing Saturday at Woodland Theater.