5 great family films to watch on St. Patrick's Day

By Jeff Peterson

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, March 13 2013 7:16 p.m. MDT

Audiences will love the adventure-filled story, as well as the luscious visuals inspired by medieval illuminated manuscripts.

It's worth mentioning, however, that a few scenes involving an army of Viking invaders might be too frightening for some small children.

If you're wanting something that captures the same mix of Christian history and Irish legend as St. Patrick himself, though, look no further than "The Secret of Kells."

"The Secret of Roan Inish" (1992)

American filmmaker John Sayles directed this family-friendly film that deals with Selkies, the sea-dwelling creatures from Irish and Orcadian folklore.

When 10-year-old Fiona goes to live with her grandparents near the island of Roan Inish where the Selkies are said to reside, she begins hearing stories of her own Selkie ancestor and a brother who was claimed by the sea when he was still a baby.

Drawing on Ireland's rich tradition of storytelling, Sayles' film highlights the relationship of myth and identity — a key aspect of Irish culture.

"The Secret of Roan Inish" also boasts stunning cinematography that captures the beautiful landscape in a way that will transport viewers.

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