I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987)



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Patricia Rozema's seminal debut feature - a charming, whimsical story about a waifish daydreamer with artistic aspirations - won the award for the best first feature at the Cannes Film Festival in 1987 and went on to become one of the most profitable Canadian films ever made. The film is regarded as an important milestone in both queer cinema and the development of Canadian film industry.

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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

Critic Reviews for I've Heard the Mermaids Singing

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

A short, sweet, enjoyable comedy, with a winning performance by McCarthy.

Apr 9, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A film that will appeal to those who have yearned to break out of the mold of a restricted life.

Aug 27, 2004 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

McCarthy is an underrated Canadian treasure.

Oct 19, 2002 | Rating: 5/5

Audience Reviews for I've Heard the Mermaids Singing


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

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