Mississippi Mermaid (La Sirène du Mississipi)
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Mississippi Mermaid (La Sirène du Mississipi)
A rare mid-career flop for director François Truffaut when it was released, Mississippi Mermaid has become a cult favorite, thanks in part to the availability of the original French version, which added 13 minutes to the U.S. release running time. Adapted from a story by William Irish, it's a noirish tale of a man who orders a mail-order bride but receives instead a con woman. Louis Mahe (Jean-Paul Belmondo) owns a tobacco factory on the remote Indian Ocean island of Reunion. His bride, Julie Roussel (Catherine Deneuve), looks nothing like the photo she sent him, but she explains that she… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mississippi is a film noir shot in dazzling color, a Hitchcock movie with the soul of a Jean Renoir drama."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"It defies easy definition and blithely triumphs over what initially appears to be structural schizophrenia. It is the creation of a superior moviemaker who works eccentrically in the classical tradition."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"This perverse love story just doesn't fly."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Eminently watchable."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"Try to view this tale of a siren's song as something chewier than a cover version of Hitch's greatest hits, and what's left is a facile take on l'amour fou."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"One of the director's weakest films."
‑ Amy Taubin, Village Voice
"Approached as a caper film or a revenge-and-murder thriller, the movie is unsatisfying, but seen as a love story in which criminal activities are used to provide tension and an atmosphere of isolation, it is brilliantly unnerving"
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"It's the crown jewel of the Castro's Truffaut retrospective, beginning Friday, and for very good reason."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Examiner
"Truffaut's frequently overlooked eighth feature isn't kid stuff."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
"A romantic humanist with an infectious love for cinema, Truffaut introduced an effervescence, wit and a gift for brisk storytelling that's still unmatched."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Truffaut demonstrates his ability to venture into Hitchcock's suspense/thriller territory while simultaneously delving into Buñuel's patented themes of sexual obsession"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
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