I've Heard the Mermaids Singing

1987

Comedy / Drama

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 93%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 67%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 1506

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Reviewed by mjneu59 7 / 10

charming insignificance

Good things often come in surprisingly small packages, and this Canadian export is a very small thing indeed: a low budget sleeper describing the private world of Polly Vandersma, the 'organizationally impaired' Person Friday and part-time assistant for the curator of a high-brow Toronto art gallery. Painfully shy, prone to daydreams and distraction, socially inept and insecure, Polly is a simple person attracted to what she calls 'art things': obscure painting, modern architecture, the oblique language of intellectuals. It's a world she's not well equipped for (to say the least), and after developing an innocent crush on her curator boss she learns the hard way exactly how cold the world of 'art things' can be. Her story is both poignant and funny, built around the framing device of Polly's odd, confessional video diary, in which she recounts the one, glorious moment in her otherwise negligible life when she broke free of her shell. But the real secret behind the fragile charm of the movie is Sheila McCarthy's disarming star performance, capturing all of Polly's clumsy optimism and curiosity. Originally shown with 'Paradiso', a long (long) animated wet dream from the Age of Aquarius.

Reviewed by Davalon-Davalon 4 / 10

Questionable pleasure

This clearly independent film is centered around a unique and quirky character "Polly" (Sheila McCarthy). Polly has somehow managed to survive until the age of 30 (that's how old she seems) without having any particular skills and with what seems to be a slightly lower than average level of intelligence.

For part of the movie she lives in fantasies of what she thinks/hopes/wants/imagines/dreams of what could happen in her incredibly dull existence. This is while she works as a secretary for the sophisticated, beautiful "Gabrielle" (Paule Baillargeon) who runs an art gallery. Why Gabrielle hires someone as incompetent as Polly remains a mystery. At any rate, while the culturati drift in and out of Gabrielle's gallery, Polly, who is an amateur photographer, imagines that she too could have her photos on display at the gallery and one day sends them in, not identifying herself.

Gabrielle tosses them out. Polly later discovers some truth behind one of Gabrielle's most important works of art (a bizarre glowing square) and grows a backbone and finally stands up for herself.

That's essentially the story. Oh, Gabrielle is a lesbian and has an on/off again relationship with "Mary" (Ann-Marie MacDonald). This "B" story floats through the main story and intrigues Polly, who seems essentially asexual.

While there are moments of whimsy, sweetness and humor, this is not that interesting of a film, despite some inexplicable 10-star ratings.

It might be light fun for a rainy afternoon, but that's about it.

Reviewed by MadRaina 10 / 10

A beautiful piece of art.

This canadian masterpiece staring Sheila McCarthy is one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen. McCarthy's character will touch young starving artists in many ways. The film which is very low key has some amazing scenes that keep your eyes on the screen and your mouth wide open. I feel this movie is very misunderstood by some critics. It cannot be taken too literally. the "daydream sequences" are just that, daydreams. They are there to show you polly's (McCarthy) true inner structure. If you can find this movie, and you like artsy movies that make you think, buy it. Don't bother renting it, because you will just end up buying it anyway.

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