SESSION THREE: 17 DEC 2011. 3:30 pm
I’VE HEARD THE MERMAIDS SINGING
Dir. Patricia Rozema. 1987. 81 min. English.
Script: Patricia Rozema.
Starring: Sheila McCarthy, Paule Baillargeon, Ann/Marie MacDonald, Richard monette, John Evans
A quirky story about the search for real beauty, and about coming out.... as an artist!
What are the main things in life? When you
are poor, uneducated, and ugly, like Polly, doors don’t automatically open to
you. But Polly is not interested in getting places, other than in her
imagination, and she has one love which absorbs her: photography. Wandering
around with her camera, Polly never feels alone. Capturing little, unimportant,
unspectacular things, she has hoarded hundreds of images which are priceless to
her. When she finds a job working for a beautiful and glamorous woman, she gets
a bit distracted; when she discovers that her boss is lesbian, she is
flabbergasted; when she realises that there is a whole world out there which
she may never have access to, this seems too much to bear. All that glitters is
not gold, however, as Polly will soon discover. This film offers a thoughtful
and funny take at the social value of appearances, the nonsense of the
commercial art world, and the ability of art to make us happy. By the end of
the film, Polly is rich, wise, and beautiful. She hasn’t changed, we have.
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