I’ve Heard The Mermaids Singing (1987), a film by Patricia Rozema

October 03, October 07

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Shy, scatterbrained Polly Vandersma drifts from one temp job to another. She records her life in photographs and film, and experiences fantastic visions – she even hears the mermaids singing! Polly relates the story of her latest job as a secretary in a Toronto art gallery. The ambitious owner of the gallery, Gabrielle, becomes involved in a relationship with Mary, a young artist, whom Polly admires greatly. Patricia Rozema’s directorial debut is a cinematic “selfie” ahead of its time.


Presented by Telefilm Canada in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts and the Government of Canada.

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DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum
Schaumainkai 41, 60596 Frankfurt am Main

Patricia Rozema, Paule Baillargeon, Sheila McCarthy

English and German


LGBTQ2+, Women