I'Ve Heard The Mermaids Singing

  • 1987
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Drama

A first feature from 29-year-old Canadian director Rozema which stormed onto the international film scene by winning the Cannes Film Festival's Prix de la Jeunesse, or Youth Prize. Filmed on 16mm for under $300,000, the film employs both color and black-and-white photography as well as video. The story revolves around McCarthy, a 31-year-old amateur photographer...read more

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A first feature from 29-year-old Canadian director Rozema which stormed onto the international film scene by winning the Cannes Film Festival's Prix de la Jeunesse, or Youth Prize. Filmed on 16mm for under $300,000, the film employs both color and black-and-white photography as well as

video. The story revolves around McCarthy, a 31-year-old amateur photographer who is too "organizationally impaired" to find steady work as a secretary. She gets hired at an upscale art gallery as an assistant to curator Baillargeon and the two hold a mutual curiosity/admiration for one another.

McCarthy looks up to Baillargeon, but is shocked to discover that she is carrying on a lesbian affair with McDonald. When McCarthy displays one of Baillargeon's secret paintings for some critics, the curator is hailed as a brilliant new find. McCarthy then submits, under a pseudonym, some of her

own photographs to Baillargeon, only to have them ridiculed. After a few more twists and turns of plot and a fantasy coda, McCarthy comes to terms with her position as an artist. The film's title, which is drawn from a line in T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," relates to

McCarthy's fantasies of flying through the air and walking on water while the song of the mermaids is heard. In addition to its Cannes showing, the film opened in New York and Los Angeles where much praise was heaped on both Rozema's direction and McCarthy's performance.

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  • Released: 1987
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: A first feature from 29-year-old Canadian director Rozema which stormed onto the international film scene by winning the Cannes Film Festival's Prix de la Jeunesse, or Youth Prize. Filmed on 16mm for under $300,000, the film employs both color and black-an… (more)

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