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I've Heard the Mermaids Singing

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Thirty-one-year-old Polly (Sheila McCarthy) is a romantic, absent-minded aspiring photographer who endearingly fumbles through everyday life, trying to reconcile it with her vivid imagination. The debut feature from Patricia Rozema (Mansfield Park, Mouthpiece), who was awarded Cannes’ youth prize for best director, is charmingly playful with dark edges. Polly whimsically flying through misty Toronto skies to classical opera piece Flower Duet is arguably one of the most iconic montages in Canadian cinema.

Patricia Rozema and Sheila McCarthy will be present for a Q&A following the film, in conversation with actor and producer, Melissa D’Agostino.

4K DCP courtesy of the TIFF Film Reference Library.

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“Clever grafting of video, grainy black-and-white and standard colour... keeps viewers on their toes
“Uses a seemingly simple style to make some quiet and deep observations.”
Chicago Sun Times
“Quirky and fanciful.”
Directed by: Patricia Rozema
Featuring: Sheila McCarthy Paule Baillargeon Ann-Marie MacDonald Richard Monette John Evans
Year: 1987 Runtime: 81 mins Rating: PG