original DVD cover
|Directed by||Sheri Elwood|
|Produced by||Karen Arikian
|Written by||Sheri Elwood|
|Music by||Micki Meuser|
|Edited by||Jon Gregory|
|Distributed by||Myriad Pictures|
|September 11, 2000|
Claire McKay (Julia Brendler)—having suffered the death of her boyfriend—is brought by her mother to Ironbound Island in the hopes that time away from the city will allow her to recover emotionally. On the island where her mother was born, Claire meets an eccentric writer, Celia (Lynn Redgrave), who in flashbacks, relates her own story as a grief-stricken teenager in 1949. Celia—Silly (Kirsten Dunst) in the flashbacks—is the next chosen victim of a Viking curse which was placed on the island centuries ago when their longship sank in the bay.
The nature of the curse is such that a "chosen one" is born every fifty years, and they are destined to die at sea in order for the fish the island depends on to continue to return. During the flashbacks Silly discovers a list of past victims, and that she is the next. However, in the end Silly is not claimed by the sea, which instead takes her lover. The narrator says something to the effect of what better alternative to taking the chosen one than to take her lover instead, leaving her to bear the pain. As Celia tells her own story of love and loss, Claire eventually undergoes a catharsis and again plays the violin that she has not touched since her own loss. The final clips of the movie show a shoal of fish, which points to the fact that the fish do indeed return to the island.
List of curse victims
The following list is found by Silly in the "fish logs" of Ironbound Island, and noted again by Claire as she finds their gravestones.
- 1609 January, William Fleming, 17 years, lost at sea
- 1659 May, Anne Bell, aged 16, drowned
- 1701 August, John Dunsworth, aged 16 yrs., drowned
- 1750 March, Eliza Coolen, aged 18 yrs., lost at sea
- 1799 December, Ezekiel Dempsey, 16 years, lost at sea
- 1849 June, James M. Kay, age 18, lost at sea
- 1905 October, Asaph Young, 17 years, drowned
- 1949 ...
- Julia Brendler as Claire McKay
- Lynn Redgrave as Celia
- Kirsten Dunst as Silly
- Molly Dunsworth as Silly (Age 6)
- Trent Ford as James
- Brent Carver as Porter
- Alberta Watson as Fiona McKay
- Peter Donaldson as Dr. Stone
- Daniel Brühl as Jay