Plot: When Frances (Chloë Grace Moretz) finds a handbag in the subway station, she makes sure to return it to its owner, widow Greta (Isabelle Huppert). Greta, a retired piano teacher, seems lonely and the kind-hearted Frances resolves to spend some time with her. But soon things start to become a little weird. There seems to be more to Greta than Frances suspected at first.
Greta has unfortunately more holes than plot and for a film that tries so hard to lure people on the wrong path, that is more than unfortunate. It breaks the film.
Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) and her mother Clara (Gemma Arterton) had to leave their old town in a hurry and have ended up in a small coastal town where they try for a new start. Being centuries old vampires, this is not the first time they had to do this. Eleanor is struggling with what she is, while Clara is pragmatic enough to always fall on her feet. She quickly finds Noel (Daniel Mays), who owns a run-down hotel, and with him shelter and work. Meanwhile Clare meets Frank (Caleb Landry Jones), a student with leukemia, and feels immediately drawn to him. But they aren’t save yet.
Byzantium has a great set-up and a great cast and it could have been utterly brilliant, but it did neither justice. To call it disappointing almost isn’t strong enough.
Syracuse (Colin Farrell) is a fisherman who leads a rather reclusive life, most of which is devoted to his daughter Annie (Alison Barry). But all of this suddenly changes when he pulls a mysterious young woman – Ondine (Alicja Bachleda) – out of the water. Annie is convinced that Ondine is a selk and soon, Syracuse half believes it, too.
Ondine tanked pretty hard, box-officewise – and I have no idea why. It’s a really sweet movie, a perfect modern fairy tale and it’s wonderfully shot. What more could you ask for?