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
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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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