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I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987)

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

Writer:

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 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

Patricia Rozema: Uncredited, as a woman in an office window. 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 »

Connections

References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 5
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Courtesy by Chris Stone Audio
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A beautiful piece of art.
26 November 1999 | by MadRainaSee all my reviews

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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