“Curiouser and curiouser” is the phrase that various characters keep repeating in Neil Jordan’s offbeat romantic fable Ondine
-- the words themselves a plainly declared homage to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland
. The line serves the Jordan movie aptly, for it underscores the film’s offbeat qualities.
Colin Farrell (with his native brogue, as thick as an Irish fog) stars as Syracuse, a long-haired fisherman struggling to make a living on the shores of Ireland in the present day. Still reeling from a rocky past (he once grappled with drunkenness, and now claims over two years of sobriety), he finds joy in periodic visits with his sweet-nature...