Canada, 1987, 81 min, 4K DCP, Dir. Patricia Rozema, Rated R, Kino Lorber
"Swift, witty and intimate, it is an amazingly confident first feature that reveals with exquisite humor and compassion the pitfalls in a relationship between two radically different women." —Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"An off-beat, power-packed first feature." —Variety
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This charming, whimsical story about a waifish daydreamer with artistic aspirations is structured around a video-recorded confession. In Patricia Rozema’s fanciful character study, aspiring photographer Polly (comedian Sheila McCarthy) lands a job at a Toronto art gallery run by Gabrielle (Paule Baillargeon), who is also a painter. Polly is impressed with Gabrielle’s paintings, but as Polly gets to know her lover Mary (Ann-Marie MacDonald) and becomes entangled in their lives, she realizes Gabrielle isn’t exactly who she appears to be. The gauche absent-minded temp with spiky orange hair and the polished, bourgeois curator with a gift for gab are like night and day, yet a strong connection builds between these two women through their shared love of art, and their genuine curiosity and appetite for love.
I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing was the first English-language Canadian feature film to win an award at the Cannes Film Festival (Prix de la Jeunesse).
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