Secret of Roan Inish, The

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: +3

In Ireland, a young girl named Fieona (Jennie Courtney) is abruptly sent to live with her grandparents after her mother dies. The story focuses on Fieona's discovery of her family's secret past. Years ago her family lived together on an island called Roan Inish, until they were forced to evacuate by the British. During the evacuation Fieona's baby brother, Jimmy, was accidently washed out to sea by a storm. Fieona continually hears tales which excite her imagination, such as "Jimmy is alive and sometimes roams the island of Roan Inish" and "The seals of Roan Inish possess a special power over the island." With such tales mixed with her imagination, Fieona becomes obsessed with finding the secret of Roan Inish. After planning several trips to the island, she soon makes the discovery which brings her family back together again. With a fanciful ending, THE SECRET OF ROAN INISH is a delightful tale sure to please the young at heart. The healthy dose of Irish fantasy especially adds to its charm. It is so beautifully photographed that it is almost like being in Ireland. However, the actors' rather thick Irish accent is sometimes difficult to understand. It may be too complicated for young children, but THE SECRET OF ROAN INISH will appeal to many.

This film is a refreshing break from Hollywood's usual dose of shock and obscenities, which will please many viewers. Only a few mildly objectionable elements were found. People smoke and drink throughout this film, which is a regular part of Irish culture. In one scene, a four year old boy runs through a field naked. Yet even this is done with taste and it is crucial to set the context of the story. Also, young children may be frightened by a short scene in which birds attack two men. Here is a film we can wholeheartedly recommend, but as we go to press it is showing only in Los Angeles and New York. Perhaps THE SECRET OF ROAN INISH will open in more cities as St. Patrick's Day approaches. If so, treat yourself to a touch of the Irish.

Preview Reviewer: Krista Kay Bontrager
Overseas Film Group/ First Look Pictures

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: Short scene of a bird attacking two men

Sex: None

Nudity: Naked boy running though field

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Pipe smoking, Irish pubs

Other: None

Running Time:
Intended Audience: 12 and older

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