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I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987)

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Lensed on a smile and a shoeshine on 16 millimeter, I've Heard the Mermaids Singing effectively shifts from black and white to color and back again to make its artistic statement. Sheila McCarthy stars as a self-effacing amateur photographer who goes to work for yuppie art-curator Paule Baillargeon. Ms. McCarthy expresses her admiration for Ms. Baillargeon by secretly submitting the latter's paintings to some appreciative critics. Baillargeon responds by behaving atrociously towards McCarthy. This shakes up McCarthy to the point that she realizes she'll never succeed as an artist on her own terms long as she hides behind the accomplishments of others. This apparently autobiographical first film by director Patricia Rozema (we say "apparently" because Sheila McCarthy's character name is rhythmically and ethnically close to Rozema's) won the Prix de la Jeunesse at the Cannes Film Festival.more
Rating: R (for brief strong language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
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Written By: Patricia Rozema
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On DVD: Jan 13, 2004
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New Line Home Entertainment

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Cast

Sheila McCarthy
as Polly Vandersma
Paule Baillargeon
as Gabrielle St. Peres
John Evans
as Warren
Brenda Kamino
as Japanese Waitress
Richard Monette
as Clive the Critic
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Audience Reviews for I've Heard the Mermaids Singing

½

A touching movie about a unique lonely girl, trying to find happiness in the world.

YosemiteSamFan
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

An extremely unique film and a great showcase of Sheila McCarthy's talent. It is definitely a product of its time; the score, mood and style all reek of late 80s.

½

My DVD messed up right toward the end, so I never got to see how things worked out, but what I did see of it was really cute and quirky. I hope I can finish it someday.

kflannelly
Kelly Flannelly

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