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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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Patricia Rozema

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Patricia Rozema
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sheila McCarthy ... Polly Vandersma
Paule Baillargeon ... Gabrielle St. Peres
Ann-Marie MacDonald Ann-Marie MacDonald ... Mary Joseph
Richard Monette Richard Monette ... Clive
John Evans John Evans ... Warren
Brenda Kamino ... Waitress
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le chant des sirènes See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

$262,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,408,491
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film was selected to screen as part of the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 1987 where it premiered. The movie there was the winner of the prestigious Prix de Jeunesse award and got a standing ovation. See more »

Quotes

Polly Vandersma: Isn't life the strangest thing you've ever seen?
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Referenced in Pushing Daisies: Smell of Success (2007) See more »

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Viens, Mallika, les liane en fleurs (from Lakmé)
Composed by Léo Delibes
Courtesy of Pathé Marconi
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One of my all-time favorite movies
6 November 2002 | by harry-linSee all my reviews

I first saw this Canadian film when it was released in 1987. I was a college undergraduate, and the film has never left my memory since then. The movie is original, startling, lovely, hilarious, and thought-provoking.

It's a shame that it hasn't been made available on DVD, but I read on the director's official Web site (patriciarozema.com) that Miramax Films is going to re-release the movie. That's exciting! Perhaps they'll also release it on DVD. (Miramax, if you're reading this -- put it out on DVD!)

If you ever have a chance to see this film, see it.


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