This magical film about a family living close to the sea in the 1940s was written and directed by John Sayles. Adapted from the novel, The Secret of Ron Mor Skerry, by Rosalie K. Fry.
Set on the west coast of Ireland, near the island of Roan Inish, where the selkies are rumored to reside. Fiona, a young girl, is sent to live with her grandparents and her cousin Eamon. Her grandfather weaves grand stories about the family's evacuation from their home on the tiny island of Roan Inish, an uncle who married a beautiful selkie, and the mysterious disappearance of her baby brother in his boat-like cradle during the departure from Roan Inish. When Fiona begins visiting the abandoned island she must convince her family of the truth in the myths. 1994, Ireland/United States, 103 min.
"The Secret of Roan Inish is the first film directed by Mr. Sayles that could be described as visually rhapsodic. Photographed by Haskell Wexler on Ireland's rugged northwestern seacoast, it is a cinematic tone poem in which man and nature, myth and reality flow together in a way that makes them ultimately indivisible." -Stephen Holden, film critic for The New York Times