Song of the Sea

Synopsis: Saoirse is a child who is the last of the selkies, women in Irish and Scottish legends who transform from seals into people. She escapes from her grandmother's home to journey to the sea and free fairy creatures trapped in the modern world.
Director(s): Tomm Moore
Production: GKIDS
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 23 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min


Come away, oh, human child,

to the waters and the wild

with a fairy, hand in hand,

for the world's

more full of weeping

than you can understand.

Will you try it with me, Ben?


Uh... I forget.

Bedtime. Finish up, you two.

Dad, look at the selkie.



She's singing her song

so that she can send all the

fairies home across the sea.

And look, look, she's

turning into a seal.

Do you like the selkie?

She's beautiful.

But we have to finish it

before the baby comes.

We have lots of time

to finish it, Ben.

But it's time to sleep now.


Cu, good boy.

Are you all right?

I'm fine. It's fine.



Now, settle down. There's

something I want to give you.

What is it?

This is an ancient shell that my

mother gave me a long time ago.

Hold it to your ear

and listen carefully.

You'll hear the song of the sea.

I can hear the sea.

Keep listening.



I can't wait for

the baby to come.

We're going to be

best friends, aren't we?

Of course you are.

You're going to be the best

big brother in the world.



I'm so sorry.




Here, Cu, look at this.

Mum used to tell me the story.

It's the giant Mac Lir

and his dogs.

They're best friends, like us.

Cu, don't go too close to

the water, it's dangerous.

For someone who hasn't

learned how to talk,

you are really loud.

Oh, come on, Saoirse!

Why don't you go down there

and play with some rocks, or something?

Hey, Cu, I'm drawing

the Great Seanachai.

He has loads of hair, like you.


Dad said I'm in charge

and I say there's

no going in the water.

It's dangerous.

I can't.

Cu, I can't!

Whoa, whoa, whoa!

Cu, no!


Whoa, whoa, whoa!


That's it! I'm not

looking after you anymore.

You nearly got me killed.

Come out, with your hands up!

Don't turn around, keep going.

Dad, she went into the water

and nearly got me killed!

Just because it's her birthday,

she thinks she can do

whatever she likes.

You'd better give

it to her this time

'cause I'm not

minding her anymore.


What? Are you playing

cops 'n' robbers?

Are you going to

give out to her?

Ah! Here's the birthday girl.

Come up here to me.


You were under arrest, were you?


Are you here for the birthday

party at the lighthouse today?

Young Saoirse is six, is she?

Well, you old witch.

Ugh! Granny.

She's going to try and make us

move to the city again,

isn't she?

I don't know how you can

live in this awful place.

You children are a state.

Is that your birthday outfit?

Haven't you learnt to speak yet?

The doctors said she

will in her own time.


The child can't be dressed

like that on her birthday.

It's a disgrace!

Put this on.

Little girls only turn six once.

And they need to

be properly dressed.

Now, isn't that lovely?

Don't move now,

until I call you.

No, that's mine!

Mum gave it to me, not you!


She's stealing from me again.

She's nothing but

a dirty stealer.

I don't want to hear it.


Your granny

wants you downstairs.

Now, Saoirse, try some of my nettle

tea and gooseberry buns there.

Very good for the voice.

It might cure you.

Now, everybody ready for Saoirse

to blow out the candles, eh?

I want to capture the

emotion of the day.

One big, happy family.

Smile on the count of three.






You little terror!


Believe me, life is

better as a dog, Cu.

Stupid Saoirse,

stupid birthdays.

You'll always be my best friend.

The kids are in bed.

I'm just heading over to the

mainland for one with Dan.

You're better off not thinking

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