I’ve Heard The Mermaid Singing

Directed by Patricia Rozema
  • Canada
  • 81 minutes
  • 1987

“Not only is this the best movie to date from the Canadian film industry – it stands among the very best movies from any country this year.” – This statement by Michael Dwyer dates back to 1987, and over twenty years later, I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing remains an absolute delight.

Sheila McCarthy plays Polly, a dreamy, scatterbrained secretary and would-be artist taken on as assistant to the curator of a Toronto art gallery, Gabrielle (Baillargeon). Enter Gabrielle’s estranged, much-younger lover, Mary (McDonald) – setting in motion a chain of events that will cause Polly no end of heartache.
Patricia Rozema’s witty comedy is a fitting tribute to the DIFF founder’s love of cinema: a movie to be discovered, embraced and shared with friends. See it, if for no other reason than it will make you smile. And smile often.

Rory Bonass, JDIFF

Sheila McCarthy, Paule Baillargeon, Ann-Marie McDonald, Richard Monette