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Mississippi Mermaid (1969)

La sirène du Mississipi (original title)
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A wealthy plantation owner is captivated by a mysterious woman with a shady past.

Director:

François Truffaut

Writers:

Cornell Woolrich (based on the novel by) (as William Irish), François Truffaut (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Louis Mahé
Catherine Deneuve ... Julie Roussel / Marion Vergano
Nelly Borgeaud ... Berthe
Martine Ferrière ... Landlady
Marcel Berbert Marcel Berbert ... Jardine
Yves Drouhet Yves Drouhet ... Detective
Michel Bouquet ... Comolli
Roland Thénot Roland Thénot ... Richard
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Storyline

Louis Mahe is a tobacco planter at Reunion Island. He is waiting for Julie Roussel to marry him. He only knows her by mail. The woman that comes does not like the picture he got, but he marries her anyway. Soon, she flees with Louis' money. She was not the real Julie Roussel but Marion. Louis tries to find her... Another Truffaut's film about passion. Written by Yepok

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Bride Came as Advertised...With an Unadvertised Special

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some nudity/sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 June 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Mississippi Mermaid See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,668, 12 July 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,893, 20 March 2011
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original French title is spelled "La Sirène du Mississipi" (one P) in some sources, and "La Sirène du Mississippi" (two Ps) in other sources. See more »

Goofs

When the disc Marion has recorded is run over in the street and shattered, she kneels to retrieve the pieces; at first her right knee is uppermost, but then suddenly her left knee is higher, as she stands. See more »

Quotes

Julie Roussel: [Having doubts, after Louis has hidden money in their apartment] Do you think the maid looks honest?
Louis Mahé: You see evil everywhere.
Julie Roussel: I don't see evil everywhere. It *is* everywhere.
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Alternate Versions

SPOILERS: In some versions of this film, the image of the comic strip in the newspaper that makes Belmondo's character realize his wife has been poisoning him has been removed. The probable reason is that the whole idea is a bit naive and absurd, although without this image it is impossible to explain how the man finds out that he has been poisoned. (As the comic strip in question involves Disney-related art of Snow White being offered the poisoned apple by the Witch, the removal of the cartoon in some versions is more likely due to issues involving Disney's copyright.) See more »

Connections

References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

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Way better than the remake
7 February 2011 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

Welcome to the story of a single but very rich man who finally is going to marry a woman that he never saw in an arranged marriage, and it will turned out to be an astonishing surprise, after he discovers how beautiful this woman is, and then it will be a living nightmare when she reveals through strange actions that she's not the one he would marry. This story is more familiar to new audiences who might have watched the horrendous "Original Sin" (2001) with Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas in the main roles. The only vantage that the remake has over Truffaut's film is the awesome sex scenes which makes voyeuristic viewers go crazy over the bold moments of a poor film.

The French version has Catherine Deneuve and Jean-Paul Belmondo in a more romantic story that breaks into a good thriller. It has some weak moments but still a good film that is directed by one of the most incredible and hard working directors of all time. The performers are elegant, and the way both actors portray their roles, in a mysterious and complex style makes of "Mississippi Mermaid" a very intriguing film where the next moment is the most interesting, the most awaited, it's full of surprises (by the way the ending is different than the one unbelievably made in the remake).

Watch it without creating too much expectations and you'll enjoy it. 9/10


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