I've Heard the Mermaids Singing [DVD] [1987]

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.
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Special Features

  • Theatrical trailer
  • Biographies
  • Photo gallery
  • Director's commentary
  • Closed Captioned


I've Heard the Mermaids Singing
Lensed on a smile and a shoeshine on 16 millimeter, I've Heard the Mermaids Singing effectively shifts from black and white to color and back again to make its artistic statement. Sheila McCarthy stars as a self-effacing amateur photographer who goes to work for yuppie art-curator Paule Baillargeon. Ms. McCarthy expresses her admiration for Ms. Baillargeon by secretly submitting the latter's paintings to some appreciative critics. Baillargeon responds by behaving atrociously towards McCarthy. This shakes up McCarthy to the point that she realizes she'll never succeed as an artist on her own terms long as she hides behind the accomplishments of others. This apparently autobiographical first film by director Patricia Rozema (we say "apparently" because Sheila McCarthy's character name is rhythmically and ethnically close to Rozema's) won the Prix de la Jeunesse at the Cannes Film Festival. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Sheila McCarthy
    Sheila McCarthy - Poly Vandersma
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    Paule Baillargeon - Gabrielle St. Peres
  • Ann-Marie MacDonald
    Ann-Marie MacDonald - Mary Joseph
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    John Evans - Warren
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    Brenda Kamino - Japanese Waitress
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