I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  March 1988 (USA)
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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 ... 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?


Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for brief strong language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

March 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le chant des sirènes  »

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$262,000 (estimated)


$1,408,491 (USA)

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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 »


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I want to be buried with this movie.
30 December 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I usually don't watch movies more than once. But this lovely film is one that I have regular cravings for. It is so smart, unpretentious, and unassuming. It's subtle and multi-layered and such a treat to view.

It's a quiet film too, with refreshing insights and ideas about relationships. The contemplative pace of the film gives you time to enjoy the ideas and feelings that come up in the characters and in yourself. On more than one occasion while watching the film my breath was taken away with surprise and delight.

I guess another draw for me is the female characters: how refreshing to meet women who are multidimensional, portrayed with authority and authenticity (and having interesting faces I could watch forever).

And I love how the story is so simple, a late bloomer's coming of age (or rather coming into her creativity)--a 'bildungsroman' in a film about art.

Thanks Patricia Rozema et al! What a treasure.

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