Up 1,539 this week

I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  March 1988 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 1,166 users  
Reviews: 19 user | 16 critic

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 »



0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 06 Jan 2011
a list of 27 titles
created 14 Dec 2012
a list of 30 titles
created 23 Feb 2013
a list of 26 titles
created 16 Apr 2014
a list of 30 titles
created 22 Jul 2014

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987)

I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of I've Heard the Mermaids Singing.
3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

India Song (1975)
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Poetical tale of Anne-Marie Stretter, the wife of a French diplomat in India in the 1930s. At 18 she had married a French colonial administrator and went with him on posting to Savannakhet,... See full summary »

Director: Marguerite Duras
Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Michael Lonsdale, Mathieu Carrière
Short | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A classic & lyrical love-tale with a bitter-sweet twist, I Heard the Mermaids Singing is a short-film adaptation of a play written by legendary acting coach & casting director Michael ... See full summary »

Directors: Victoria Charters, Kenny Johnson
Stars: Victoria Charters, Kenny Johnson
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An uptight and conservative woman, working on tenure as a literacy professor at a large urban university, finds herself strangely attracted to a free-spirited, liberal woman who works at a local carnival that comes to town.

Director: Patricia Rozema
Stars: Pascale Bussières, Rachael Crawford, Henry Czerny
Matinee (1993)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A small-time film promoter releases a kitschy horror film during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Director: Joe Dante
Stars: John Goodman, Cathy Moriarty, Simon Fenton
Fame (1980)
Drama | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts.

Director: Alan Parker
Stars: Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Lee Curreri
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In the not too distant future, two young women who live in a remote ancient forest discover the world around them is on the brink of an apocalypse. Informed only by rumor, they fight intruders, disease, loneliness & starvation.

Director: Patricia Rozema
Stars: Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.

Director: William Friedkin
Stars: William Petersen, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers.

Director: Wim Wenders
Stars: Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

At 10, Fanny Price, a poor relation, goes to live at Mansfield Park, the estate of her aunt's husband, Sir Thomas. Clever, studious, and a writer with an ironic imagination and fine moral ... See full summary »

Director: Patricia Rozema
Stars: Frances O'Connor, Jonny Lee Miller, Alessandro Nivola
Happy Days (TV Movie 2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A middle-aged woman, half-buried in the earth, chatters away to a taciturn man, who lives in a hole behind her. Later, she is buried up to her neck, and the man does not seem to be about.

Director: Patricia Rozema
Stars: Rosaleen Linehan, Richard Johnson
White Room (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Norm, a confused young man, lives two lives, one in and one out of reality. One night, he witnesses the murder of rock video star Madelaine X and feels guilty, as he did nothing to prevent ... See full summary »

Director: Patricia Rozema
Stars: Kate Nelligan, Maurice Godin, Margot Kidder
Short | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Mary was a good girl until she decides to kill all the "sexist pigs". She of course encounters many of which, and enjoys killing them.

Director: Sarah Jacobson
Stars: Kristin Calabrese, Phil Calabrese, Corey


Complete credited cast:
Paule Baillargeon ...
Ann-Marie MacDonald ...
Richard Monette ...
John Evans ...
Brenda Kamino ...


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief strong language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

March 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le chant des sirènes  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office


$262,000 (estimated)


$1,408,491 (USA)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Patricia Rozema performed a number of roles on this film. Rozema appears in a cameo and was the editor, the director, a producer and the screen-writer. See more »


Polly Vandersma: Isn't life the strangest thing you've ever seen?
See more »


By Mark Korven
Courtesy of Duke Street Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

One of my all-time favorite movies
6 November 2002 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

I first saw this Canadian film when it was released in 1987. I was a college undergraduate, and the film has never left my memory since then. The movie is original, startling, lovely, hilarious, and thought-provoking.

It's a shame that it hasn't been made available on DVD, but I read on the director's official Web site ( that Miramax Films is going to re-release the movie. That's exciting! Perhaps they'll also release it on DVD. (Miramax, if you're reading this -- put it out on DVD!)

If you ever have a chance to see this film, see it.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Boring sperequa
The music gil_roy
The DVD Has Happened! chrisdawes
Mermaids? smsoprano
think the DVD will EVER happen? MadRaina
New pictures! MadRaina
Discuss I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: