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I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987)

R | | Comedy, Drama | March 1988 (USA)
Scatterbrained Polly gets a job as a secretary in Gabrielle's art gallery. Gabrielle has a romantic relationship with the painter Mary. Polly hangs a picture by Mary believing that ... See full summary »

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Scatterbrained Polly gets a job as a secretary in Gabrielle's art gallery. Gabrielle has a romantic relationship with the painter Mary. Polly hangs a picture by Mary believing that Gabrielle made it. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Isn't life the strangest thing you've ever seen?

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Rated R for brief strong language | See all certifications »
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$262,000 (estimated)

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$1,408,491 (USA)
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Writer-director Patricia Rozema has said of this film: "Our voices, our representation of ourselves, have been in the hands of others, namely men, since the beginning of the mediums of film and television. My main character in I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987) videotaped a confession that is used through the film. It's her way of having control over her definition of herself" and "I have become post facto a representative of the country. So if you ask, 'Is Mermaids a Canadian film? It has become one. It has become a means whereby people characterize Canadian film. I think in the creation of Mermaids, I did see it in political terms. I thought of the underdog. Canada is not a superpower by any means. It's very quietly, comfortably democratic, but it's plagued by a sense of inferiority". See more »

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Polly Vandersma: Isn't life the strangest thing you've ever seen?
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OPEN WINDOW
By Mark Korven
Courtesy of Duke Street Records
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True Original
19 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sheila McCarthy shines in this exploration of the imagination, the artist and the self.

It is one of my top ten films of all time because of its originality and ,of course, McCarthy's offbeat and touching performance. She creates something truly original that has not been matched in a female comedic performance since.

Direction is crisp, unexpected and magical. One can see why it was given a standing ovation at Cannes.

It is one of the few films that can me on a pure emotional level..appealing to the misunderstood individual.

Anyone who has felt like they don't fit in will love this movie. Be sure to watch the closing credits to the end.

Now On DVD with Rozema's commentary.


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