Call this Oscar-nominated, delicately composed film an antidote to the busy, noisy and shallow animations kids watch these days.
Inspired by Irish folklore, this is the tale of Ben and his mute sister Saoirse, who are taken from their widowed father and their lovely lighthouse home by a well-meaning grandmother to live in the city. They make a break and begin a homeward journey that involves fairies, a magic seashell, and a sealskin coat.
This hand-drawn animation plays like an intricately decorated storybook, and the story, the music and the voice work are enchanting. A children’s film for all ages. (93 min)