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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. Polly aspires to be a professional photographer, and idolizes Gabrielle for her artistic ability. When Gabrielle ... See full summary »

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Scatterbrained Polly gets a job as a secretary in Gabrielle's art gallery. Polly aspires to be a professional photographer, and idolizes Gabrielle for her artistic ability. When Gabrielle rekindles an old romantic relationship with the younger painter Mary, Polly becomes jealous, and discovers Gabrielle is not who she claims to be. Written by Mike Jones

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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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The title is a reference to a line from T.S. Eliot's poem " "Prufrock" aka "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" that reads: "I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each. I do not think that they will sing to me". 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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A Stunningly Realised Piece of Work-= get it now
25 June 2002 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

One of my top ten favorite films of all time, this is beautifully put together- I can't fault the film in any area, other than its not been released on DVD yet. This is easily the best film to come out of Canada, and Patricia Rozema will have a hard time bettering it. The whole movie plays like an ethereal dream with occasional lapses into consciousness. There are some very funny pieces, and some touching moments too. If you ever rent or buy a film because of a review on here, let it be this one, its totally brilliant, and one of the only films ever to be given a standing ovation by the critics in Cannes when it was first shown.

Truly magical.


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