I'VE HEARD THE MERMAIDS SINGING
The first film by Patricia Rozema (INTO THE FOREST, MANSFIELD PARK) is a bittersweet story of self-discovery which won the Prix de la Jeunesse at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival. When aspiring photographer and professional daydreamer Polly Vandersma (Sheila McCarthy) lands a job as an assistant to self-important art dealer and painter Gabrielle (Paule Baillargeon), she becomes infatuated, blown away by what she sees as astronomical talent, business acumen and sophistication. When Polly takes naive measures to help her idol achieve artistic success, however, she gradually discovers that Gabrielle may not be everything she seems. DIR/SCR/PROD Patricia Rozema; PROD Alexandra Raffe. Canada, 1987, b&w/color, 81 min. RATED R
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