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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

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 ... Waitress
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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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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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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OPEN WINDOW
By Mark Korven
Courtesy of Duke Street Records
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Sweet and funny; also asks deep questions about nature of art
27 October 2007 | by kitsune-4See all my reviews

This is an intellectually ambitious film about meta-art: What is the relation between an art object and intense aesthetic experience? What is the value of the art object if it is devoid of the cultural "frame"? How are certain people legitimized to confer value upon art objects?

The film deals with big questions. Even so. Its main character is someone who is so endearing that you care very much about what happens next. It counts as an offbeat "warm 'n' fuzzy" flick. The humor is both deft and sweet.

As someone who teaches at a college, I think this would be a very *teachable* film. Use it to raise and illustrate these questions in an aesthetics class, or in a class discussing the creation/ propagation of artistic canons.


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