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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 »

Director:

Patricia Rozema

Writer:

Patricia Rozema
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3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

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

Debut theatrical feature film written, edited, produced and directed by Patricia Rozema. 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 »


Soundtracks

Symphony No. 5
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Courtesy by Chris Stone Audio
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The best film I've seen on the nature of artistic inspiration
28 January 2005 | by grahammeredithjonesSee all my reviews

This is a wonderful film. I first saw it back in the eighties and it is still fresh in the mind. The title is a quote from T S Eliot and refers to epiphany. There seem to be a lot of spiritual references. Did everyone else not notice the significance in the older woman being named Gabrielle and the younger Mary? Gabrielle could not create what the earthier Mary could but was her muse. I am not sure of this but Polly in the Canadian accent sounds like Paul-y. The disseminator of the faith? Any comments from anyone? Yes it was small budget but still beautiful. Polly was hilarious. I loved Mary (not that she would be likely to give me the time of day). Check out a book that the actress, Ann-Marie MacDonald, wrote: Fall on Your Knees.

Anybody know where I can get the DVD in London?


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