I’ve Heard The Mermaids Singing Review

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Scatterbrained Polly gets a job as a secretary in Gabrielle's art gallery. Gabrielle has a romantic relationship with the painter Mary. Polly hangs a picture by Mary believing that Gabrielle made it.


This arthouse flick from Canadian writer-producer-director-editor Patricia Rozema went down a storm at Cannes in 1987. The clever grafting of video, grainy black-and-white and standard colour format keeps viewers on their toes, and the offbeat treatment of love and fortune is warming. The story of a klutzy temp who falls for her wordly gallery boss (also female) is spliced with stunning fantasy sequences in which our heroine is capable of flying, walking on water and picking to the dulcet tones of the odd siren.

Slight but very well played.