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By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat


Iíve Heard the Mermaids Singing
Directed by Patricia Rozema
Buena Vista Home Entertainment 1987 DVD/VHS Feature Film
Not Rated

This film has been written, directed, edited and coproduced by Patricia Rozema. The title of the movie is from a line in T.S. Elliotís The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. And like that poem, this film has some valid things to say about art, individuality, human aspirations, and the gap between the inner and outer lives of people. Through a curious and surprising turn of events, Polly realizes that Gabrielle is unworthy of her admiration. The dreams which give lift and significance to her inner life are a more fruitful path to renewal and personal growth than copying the behavior and style of her employer. Anyone who has ever yearned to break out the mold of a restricted life will find Iíve Heard the Mermaids Singing an enchanting and poetic epiphany. Bravo!


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