I've Heard the Mermaids Singing

I've Heard the Mermaids Singing

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Director: Patricia Rozema

Cast: Patricia Rozema, Sheila McCarthy, Paule Baillargeon, Ann-Marie MacDonald

     
 

This offbeat comedy, which features a winning performance by Sheila McCarthy, has been given a well-appointed presentation for its North American release on DVD. I've Heard the Mermaids Singing has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.66:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The…  See more details below

Overview

This offbeat comedy, which features a winning performance by Sheila McCarthy, has been given a well-appointed presentation for its North American release on DVD. I've Heard the Mermaids Singing has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.66:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been remixed for playback in Dolby Digital 5.1. The dialogue is in English, with no multiple-language options. Bonus materials include a commentary track from director Patricia Rozema, cast and crew biographies, a gallery of production photos, and the film's original theatrical trailer.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
The title of this thoughtful character piece refers to a line in "T.S. Eliot"'s "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" which ends "I do not think they will sing to me." It's a clever bit of deception, for the viewer is first led to believe that the title refers to Polly (Sheila McCarthy), a thirtyish photographer who is both lonely and unfulfilled. Her career takes off when she is hired by Gabrielle (Paule Baillargeon), the chic curator of a Toronto art gallery. Polly is very grateful for Gabrielle's faith in her, and she begins to idolize the seemingly perfect curator. Slowly, however, the real and sad Gabrielle emerges, and she is a woman whom the mermaids not only don't sing to, but who probably couldn't hear them if they did. The film is a bit awkward at times, but it seems to be saying that true character and talent will win out in the end. Polly's journey is a rocky one, but she finally hears the song. A worthwhile debut from director Patricia Rozema, this is a small film with some very special moments.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2004
UPC:
0786936230130
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
NR
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:23:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailer; Biographies; Photo gallery; Director's commentary

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sheila McCarthy Poly Vandersma
Paule Baillargeon Gabrielle St. Peres
Ann-Marie MacDonald Mary Joseph
John Evans Warren
Brenda Kamino Japanese Waitress
Richard Monette Clive

Technical Credits
Patricia Rozema Director,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Egidio Coccimiglio Sound/Sound Designer
Don Haig Executive Producer
Douglas Koch Cinematographer
Mark Korven Score Composer
Martine Matthews Costumes/Costume Designer
Michelle Moses Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Munro Sound Editor
Alexandra Raffe Producer
Valanne Ridgeway Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Gordon Thompson Sound/Sound Designer
Alexandra Z Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. How It All Started [4:24]
2. Photo Session [3:24]
3. Darkroom Fantasy [3:21]
4. Office Job [3:58]
5. Japanese Restaurant [5:56]
6. Home Gallery [3:52]
7. Mystery Guest [4:07]
8. Love Is a Big Word [4:02]
9. Flabby Euphemisms [2:28]
10. Polymorphous Perversity [3:02]
11. Nighttime Delivery [8:13]
12. Caregiver [4:28]
13. Old-World Charm [3:50]
14. Speechless [6:21]
15. Sick Day [2:53]
16. Like a Lover [4:07]
17. Counting Paperclips [6:34]
18. Musical Vision [2:30]
19. Furnished Bachelorette [3:23]
20. End Credits [1:35]

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I've Heard the Mermaids Singing 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie's sweetness and idealism are irresistible. While the romance(s) between the female characters are central to the plot, the movie seems to be more about artistic awakening. Sheila McCarthy's performance is funny, charming, and masterful.