Mississippi Mermaid (La Sirène du Mississipi)
Mississippi Mermaid (La Sirène du Mississipi) (1969)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 23, 2001
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Mississippi is a film noir shot in dazzling color, a Hitchcock movie with the soul of a Jean Renoir drama.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This perverse love story just doesn't fly.

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David Fear
Time Out New York

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.

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Amy Taubin
Village Voice

One of the director's weakest films.

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Douglas Pratt

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

Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

Truffaut's frequently overlooked eighth feature isn't kid stuff.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

A romantic humanist with an infectious love for cinema, Truffaut introduced an effervescence, wit and a gift for brisk storytelling that's still unmatched.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Truffaut demonstrates his ability to venture into Hitchcock's suspense/thriller territory while simultaneously delving into Buñuel's patented themes of sexual obsession

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A man mail-orders a wife who rather quickly steals his fortune. He pursues her, and they begin a cat-and-mouse courtship. Critics seem to suggest that this is… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic][color=blue]"Mississippi Mermaid" starts out on the Isle of Reunion as cigarette factory owner, Louis Mahe(Jean Paul Belmondo)… More
FanGirl Browncoat
I'm not sure sure, but I pretty confident that Original Sin (2001) was remake of this film. Original Sin sucked but Mississippi Mermaid is a solid film.