A lonely shoe salesman and an eccentric performance artist struggle to connect in this unique take on contemporary life.A lonely shoe salesman and an eccentric performance artist struggle to connect in this unique take on contemporary life.A lonely shoe salesman and an eccentric performance artist struggle to connect in this unique take on contemporary life.
Now here's a case where the world this filmmaker creates is so wonderful, we want to grab everything. Its incoherent, a set of vignettes, but all coherently placed to circumnavigate this wonderful set of dynamics.
Its a world where bad things exist but don't cut deeply. Where innocence penetrates reality. Where fate applies but is seen. Where art exists but only as pretense for life. Where communication always has a sparkle of wonder. Where age is irrelevant and hope is always privately platformed without dependence.
A dear friend brought me to "I've Heard the Mermaids Singing." This is a dear friend and I sincerely tried to dissolve myself in the world of the thing. But the cracks didn't line up, and my being and that world couldn't interpenetrate. It think it is purely a matter of skill, in knowing how to discard the things that get in the way. This does, this film here.
The woman behind this film is admirable. By that I mean she is to be admired for knowing enough about us to find the things that disturbingly endear. And I admire her for finding a place for herself in how this is presented to us. Its all so perfect that we have to assume that there is a deep selfawareness in her, as deep as her intuitions are.
I hope to see more of her. I think we can trust her with large bits of ourselves.
Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.
- Nov 5, 2006