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512 Ratings

Mississippi Mermaid

La sirène du Mississipi

Directed by François Truffaut
Italy, France, 1969
Crime, Drama, Romance


Louis Mahe is a tobacco planter at Reunion Island. He is waiting for Julie Roussel to marry her. He only knows her by mail. The woman that comes does not look like the picture he got, but he marries her anyway. Soon, she flees with Louis’ money. Louis tries to find her…

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Mississippi Mermaid Directed by François Truffaut

Critics reviews

Under starchy bourgeois formalities, Truffaut finds a rampant daily eroticism of leers and glimpses, probings and pawings that are all the more enticing for their air of dirtiness. His tautly controlled widescreen images lend an unnatural chill to the garish tropical light of Réunion; their complex and delicate pirouettes throb with the thrill of sex and violence.
September 08, 2014
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Stately and languorous in its dreamy melancholy, though never entirely convincing, this 1969 picture is full of movie references — even the cabin at the end of Truffaut’s own Shoot the Piano Player figures centrally. But perhaps its ultimate justification is that of Truffaut’s other morbid films, such as The Bride Wore Black and The Green Room: a doomed romantic protagonist (in this case Belmondo) who goes the limit.
May 01, 1991
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