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Mississippi Mermaid (1969)

La sirène du Mississipi (original title)
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A wealthy plantation owner is captivated by a mysterious woman with a shady past.

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Louis Mahe is a tobacco planter at Reunion Island. He is waiting for Julie Roussel to marry her. He only knows her by mail. The woman that comes does not like the picture he got, but he marries her anyway. Soon, she flees with Louis' money. She was not the real Julie Roussel but Marion. Louis tries to find her... Another Truffaut's film about passion. Written by Yepok

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some nudity/sexuality | See all certifications »

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18 June 1969 (France)  »

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Mississippi Mermaid  »

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Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,668 (USA) (10 July 2009)

Gross:

$26,893 (USA) (18 March 2011)
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2.35 : 1
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Quite uniquely, Truffaut chose to shoot the film almost completely in chronological order, the reason being that he found the relationship between the two main characters so important that he wanted it to develop in a natural way. He actually spent the nights re-writing the scenes he would film the next day, to follow the dynamics between the leading couple. See more »

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When the disc Marion has recorded is run over in the street and shattered, she kneels to retrieve the pieces; at first her right knee is uppermost, but then suddenly her left knee is higher, as she stands. See more »

Quotes

Julie Roussel: [Having doubts, after Louis has hidden money in their apartment] Do you think the maid looks honest?
Louis Mahé: You see evil everywhere.
Julie Roussel: I don't see evil everywhere. It *is* everywhere.
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Way better than the remake
7 February 2011 | by (São Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Welcome to the story of a single but very rich man who finally is going to marry a woman that he never saw in an arranged marriage, and it will turned out to be an astonishing surprise, after he discovers how beautiful this woman is, and then it will be a living nightmare when she reveals through strange actions that she's not the one he would marry. This story is more familiar to new audiences who might have watched the horrendous "Original Sin" (2001) with Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas in the main roles. The only vantage that the remake has over Truffaut's film is the awesome sex scenes which makes voyeuristic viewers go crazy over the bold moments of a poor film.

The French version has Catherine Deneuve and Jean-Paul Belmondo in a more romantic story that breaks into a good thriller. It has some weak moments but still a good film that is directed by one of the most incredible and hard working directors of all time. The performers are elegant, and the way both actors portray their roles, in a mysterious and complex style makes of "Mississippi Mermaid" a very intriguing film where the next moment is the most interesting, the most awaited, it's full of surprises (by the way the ending is different than the one unbelievably made in the remake).

Watch it without creating too much expectations and you'll enjoy it. 9/10


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