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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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Le chant des sirènes  »

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$262,000 (estimated)

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$1,408,491 (USA)
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Debut cinema movie of actress Sheila McCarthy and also McCarthy's debut lead starring role in a theatrical feature film. 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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Sweet and funny; also asks deep questions about nature of art
27 October 2007 | by (Upstate NY, United States) – See all my reviews

This is an intellectually ambitious film about meta-art: What is the relation between an art object and intense aesthetic experience? What is the value of the art object if it is devoid of the cultural "frame"? How are certain people legitimized to confer value upon art objects?

The film deals with big questions. Even so. Its main character is someone who is so endearing that you care very much about what happens next. It counts as an offbeat "warm 'n' fuzzy" flick. The humor is both deft and sweet.

As someone who teaches at a college, I think this would be a very *teachable* film. Use it to raise and illustrate these questions in an aesthetics class, or in a class discussing the creation/ propagation of artistic canons.


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