Young Ben's mother raised him on Irish folklore; stories of giants and selkies and the fay. He is enamored with the tales and with the beautiful songs his mother sings. Ben's life is happy, safe, and full of love. His mother will soon have another child and Ben cannot wait to be a big brother. But in a sudden and tragic twist of fate, Ben's new baby sister, Saoirse, comes at the loss of his beloved mother.
As their father withdraws into silence and sadness, Ben's excitement turns into deep resentment towards little Saoirse. Things only get worse when Saoirse's "antics" get both of them packed off to live with their grandmother; away from their father and the dangers of the lighthouse they live in.
Song of the Sea is a captivating, visually stunning modern fairy tale about loss, magic, and familial love. I was initially drawn to the movie by the unique animation style and found myself quickly captivated by the compelling and stirring plot. I especially love the way the film straddles the line between fantasy and reality, showing that the world of myth may not be as imaginary as we think.
If you enjoy the magical world of Ben and Saoirse, look for Tomm Moore's other film, The Secret of the Kells. For more captivating stories where the world of magic and the real world collide, check out Isao Takahata's The Tale of The Princess Kaguya or My Neighbor Totoro by Hayao Miyazaki. These movies and more can be found at your local Virginia Beach Public Library location.