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March 1988 (USA) See more »
Isn't life the strangest thing you've ever seen?
Scatterbrained Polly gets a job as a secretary in Gabrielle's art gallery. Polly aspires to be a professional photographer... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A beautiful piece of art. See more (19 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sheila McCarthy ... Polly Vandersma

Paule Baillargeon ... Gabrielle St. Peres
Ann-Marie MacDonald ... Mary Joseph
Richard Monette ... Clive
John Evans ... Warren
Brenda Kamino ... Waitress
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Patricia Rozema ... Woman In Office Window (uncredited)

Directed by
Patricia Rozema 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Patricia Rozema 

Produced by
Don Haig .... executive producer
Alexandra Raffe .... producer
Patricia Rozema .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Korven 
Cinematography by
Douglas Koch 
Film Editing by
Patricia Rozema 
Casting by
Maria Armstrong 
Ross Clydesdale 
Art Direction by
Valanne Ridgeway 
Makeup Department
Stephen Lynch .... hair stylist
Stephen Lynch .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Alexandra Raffe .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arlene Hazzan Green .... second assistant director (as Arlene Hazzan)
John Pace .... first assistant director
Tom Quinn .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Peter Miskimmin .... props
Sound Department
Egidio Coccimiglio .... re-recording mixer
Michele Moses .... location sound
Steve Munro .... sound editor
James Musselman .... foley recordist
Alexandra Raffe .... assistant sound editor
Gord Thompson .... location sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Gavin Coford .... assistant camera
Debra Friedman .... still photographer
Edward Mikolic .... best boy
David Owen .... gaffer
Durwin Partridge .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Beth Pasternak .... wardrobe coordinator
Editorial Department
Ronald Sanders .... consulting editor
Michael Werth .... assistant editor
Music Department
John Switzer .... music coordinator
Jeff Wolpert .... music mixer
Other crew
Louise Shekter .... continuity

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Also Known As:
"Mermaids" - International (English title) (informal short title)
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Rated R for brief strong language
UK:81 min | USA:81 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The Toronto International Film Festival in 1993 ranked the film at the No. #9 rank in their "Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time". The movie missed out in their 2004 list, which is compiled about every ten years, whilst the film had yet-to-be-made for their 1984 list.See more »
Polly Vandersma:Isn't life the strangest thing you've ever seen?See more »
Symphony No. 5See more »


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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful piece of art., 26 November 1999
Author: medusalith from RI

This canadian masterpiece staring Sheila McCarthy is one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen. McCarthy's character will touch young starving artists in many ways. The film which is very low key has some amazing scenes that keep your eyes on the screen and your mouth wide open. I feel this movie is very misunderstood by some critics. It cannot be taken too literally. the "daydream sequences" are just that, daydreams. They are there to show you polly's (McCarthy) true inner structure. If you can find this movie, and you like artsy movies that make you think, buy it. Don't bother renting it, because you will just end up buying it anyway.

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