Yet it’s the star of Declan Recks’ entertaining drama – alongside the four ladies determined to win the regional (Munster) finals for their small Irish-speaking Kerry village for the first time in 22 years.
Aoife Ní Bhraoin returns home to help her father, Breandán ‘The Bear’ Ó Braoin, recover from a heart attack. Day to day they get along just fine. As we dig a little deeper we find that much has been left unsaid about the loss of Aoife’s mother.
Using familiar building blocks, Recks confidently builds to an emotional finale amid a nuanced father-daughter relationship. The combination of female solidarity of these ‘sisters of the sea’ and a sharp focus on festering family wounds helps this feelgood feature sail over the waves of predictability for a sweet landing on solid home ground. The lingering Irish theme of children who leave and parents who mourn them gets a thorough airing here, this time in the Irish language.
Our thanks to Parkland Pictures for this screening.