A song and a secret

Hi Everyone! We’re taking a slight break from the “Angry Birds Movie” and I’m going to do reviews for two movies:

Song of the sea titleThe Secret of Kells title

Images found at: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/song_of_the_sea_2014/ (song of the Sea) and http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0485601/ (the Secret of Kells)

Both were movies that are based in Ireland, although “The Secret of Kells” is set back in Ireland when the Book of Kells was being written compared to the “Song of the Sea” being placed in modern day Ireland.

“Song of the Sea” is about a young 6-year-old girl named Saoirse (but pronounced “Sirsha”, Irish is not my best language when it comes to spelling :P) who is a mute and her older brother Ben dislikes her. She takes his stuff and she has all the attention, plus she was born the day that … never mind, that’s a spoiler. (I’m not telling spoilers!) But after they go to live at their grandmother’s house in the city, the two run away to go back home, and along the way learn of Saoirse’s (the dictionary keeps wanting to put “sawhorse” instead of Saoirse) heritage and help the kingdom of the fairies and battle the Owl witch. The movie as a whole is beautiful and so is the ending. The ending was sad and happy at the same time. I was celebrating Easter at our friends house when we saw it. I came very close to crying and a few tears did escape my eyes. This is a movie that I would recommend to any family! (of course, if you can read Irish, then be careful, there is a bad word in there, but other than that it’s perfectly fine.)

Last night, as my family ate dinner, we saw that “The Secret of Kells” was on Netflix and decided to watch it. “The Secret of Kells” is about a 12-year-old boy named Brendan who’s uncle is the Abbot who is building a giant wall around the monastery they live in. Rather funny at some points, it does get very dark, and very sad. Of course it’s not gruesome, but people do get killed (but not shown on screen, so it’s safe for younger children to watch). When Brother Aidan (said “Eden”) comes to Kells with his white cat (with one blue eye, one green) named Pangur Ban and an ancient, uncompleted book, Brendan learns he must overcome his fears to help complete the book. He is aided by a white haired fairy he meets in the forest, her name is Aisling (pronounced, “Ashlyn” I believe) who has very fun eyebrows and was instantly my favorite character. Again, I won’t be spoiling anything, but it does have a wonderful ending and I would watch it again.

Here are the lyrics to the songs from the movies:

Song of the Sea:

[Gaelic:]
Idir ann is idir as
Idir thuaidh is idir theas
Idir thiar is idir thoir
Idir am is idir áit

Casann sí dhom
Amhrán na farraige
Suaimhneach nó ciúin
Ag cuardú go damanta
Mo ghrá

Idir gaoth is idir tonn
Idir tuilleadh is idir gann
Casann sí dhom
Amhrán na Farraige
Suaimhneach nó ciúin
Ag cuardú go damanta

Idir cósta, idir cléibh
Idir mé is idir mé féin
Tá mé i dtiúin

[English:]
Between the here, between the how
Between the north, between the south
Between the west, between the east
Between the time, between the place

From the shell
A song of the sea
Neither quiet nor calm
Searching for love again
Mo ghrá (My love)

Between the winds, between the waves
Between the sands, between the shore
From the shell
A song of the sea
Neither quiet nor calm
Searching for love again

Between the stones, between the storm
Between belief, between the sea
Tá mé i dtiúin (I am in tune)

Lyrics found at http://lyrics2007.blogspot.com/2015/08/lisa-hannigan-song-of-sea-lyrics.html

Aisling’s song:

You must go where I cannot,
Pangur Bán ‘Pangur Bán’,
Níl sa saol seo ach ceo,
Is ní bheimid beo,
ach seal beag gearr.


Pangur Bán ‘Pangur Bán’,
Níl sa saol seo ach ceo,
Is ní bheimid beo,
ach seal beag gearr.You must go where I cannot,
Pangur Bán ‘
Pangur Bán’,
Níl sa saol seo ach ceo,

English Translation:

You must go where I can not,
Pangur Bán’ ‘Pangur Bán’,
There is nothing in this life but mist,
And we will only be alive,
for a short time.


Pangur Bán’ ‘Pangur Bán’,
There is nothing in this life but mist,
And we will only be alive,
for a short time.

You must go where I cannot,
Pangur Bán ‘Pangur Bán’,
There is nothing in this life but mist.

lyrics found at http://thesecretofkells.wikia.com/wiki/Aisling’s_Song

Well, that’s all for now! I hope you will enjoy watching these movies as much as I did!

-Anne Bell

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