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Mississippi Mermaid [DVD]

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  • Actors: Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Nelly Borgeaud, Martine Ferrière, Marcel Berbert
  • Directors: François Truffaut
  • Writers: François Truffaut, Cornell Woolrich
  • Producers: Marcel Berbert
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: French, Dutch, Danish, Greek
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Aug. 2003
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009XW8M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,938 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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The erotic tale of a young millionaire (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and his mail-order fiancee (Catherine Deneuve) on the tropical Isle de Reunion. Tobacco tycoon Louis Mahe (Belmondo) is completely enraptured by Julie Rouselle (Deneuve) and when she disappears without a trace he will stop at nothing to find her. This decision eventually entangles him in a relentless obsession which ends in cold blooded murder.

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I must have seen this movie about some fourty years ago, recommended to me by my father (who also recommended the book A high wind in Jamaica, by Richard Hughes, which has become one of my favourite books). I had forgotten all about the film and half the title. The only thing I remembered was the word Mississippi in the title. Surfing the Internet looking for this movie I came across a French film, and immediately knew by instinct that The Mississippi mermaid was the film I was looking for. I immediately ordered the dvd on Monday and on Thursday afternoon I was already watching the film. What a quick delivery (I live in Holland). The film was awesome. Already saw it twice and still find it so nice to watch. My father must have been an admirer of beautiful women and of Catherine Deneuve. And I like Jean-Paul Belmondo. The story is quite captivating with a lot of unexpectant twists. So buy this film and judge for yourseld.
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"Julie, you are adorable," says Louis Mahe (Jean-Paul Belmondo) to his beautiful new mail-order bride, Julie Rousel (Catherine Deneuve). "Do you know what that means? `Adorable'. It means worthy of adoration." Louis is a wealthy tobacco grower and cigarette manufacturer on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean. When Julie arrived on the island, she didn't look like the photograph she had sent him when she agreed to be his wife. She says she was timid and decided to send the photograph of her sister. Louis is enchanted by her beauty and understands her caution. They marry, and Louis becomes a husband deeply happy. He tells her she is worthy of adoration just a day or two after he arranges to change his personal and business accounts into joint accounts. That evening, Julie has disappeared, cleaning out both accounts. Louis goes to France, has a breakdown, and then by chance sees Julie in a newscast about a new nightclub and the women there who are hostesses. Louis learns she is really a woman named Marion Vergano. Marion's history would lead only the most obsessed of men to think a happy ending could be in the cards. Most of the movie places us in France after Louis has found her and accepted her as Marion Vergano

Mississippi Mermaid, written and directed by Francois Truffaut, is a movie of Louis' obsession, of sexual psychosis, of parasitic selfishness, of stolen identity and of rat poison, with a lot of self-revealing (some of it even true) dialogue thrown in. As much as I think comparing one director to another is usually pointless, in this case Truffaut may have watched Vertigo, Psycho and Marnie once too often.
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What I liked about this Truffaut offering was the manner in which a stiched up millionaire is willing to sacrifice everything to keep a dangerously egotistical Siren by his side. Reason (she's a fake), logic (what! joint bank accounts) and rationality (loving her!) is conveniently discarded and replaced by a hypnotic obssession that subverts conventional notions of love being a bilateral acceptance of mutual respect, mental and physical infatuation and shared spiritual identity. Instead here we have the unbelievably beautiful Deneuve who only has to "sing" (albeit in disguise) to attract her victim towards his doom. A woman who is free with her body, criminal and murderous. But perhaps this is exactly what is wanted by our hero: a life precariously balanced between the erotically charged needs (a sort of intense emotional high) of the present and a fatalistic attitude to the future. The final scene is marvelous because, for me, it summed up the essence of the film: a love story, bizarre, but nevertheless a loving union between two souls.
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"Mississippi Mermaid" (1969), is a French film, written and directed by famed director Francois Truffaut(The Francois Truffaut Collection - 6 Disc Box Set (Exclusive to Amazon.co.uk) [DVD] [1959]). It is an odd little melodrama, a crime/drama/romance, said to have been influenced by the famous British-American film director Alfred Hitchcock, that has the privilege of presenting two of the greatest stars of contemporary French cinema, Jean Paul Belmondo (Breathless [DVD] [1959]) and Catherine Deneuve(The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg [DVD] [1964]; Belle de Jour - 40th Anniversary [1967] [DVD]) in its leading roles. It is based on the novel Waltz into Darkness by well-known American mystery/thriller author Cornell Woolrich, writing as William Irish, and was dedicated to famed French film director Jean Renoir. It's not considered one of Truffaut's greatest pictures, but it has its moments.

The picture is set in the little-known French island of Reunion, near Madagascar, off Africa. Belmondo, who looks very uncomfortable in suit and tie, plays Louis Mahe, a sweet but slightly naïve, successful businessman who owns tobacco fields and a cigar factory.
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