Mississippi Mermaid

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"The bride came as advertised... with an unadvertised special."
  • R
  • 1969
  • 2 hr 3 min
  • 6.9  (7,142)

Mississippi Mermaid is a 1969 French romantic drama film directed and written by François Truffaut, starring Catherine Deneuve and Jean-Paul Belmondo in the lead roles. The movie is based on the novel Waltz into Darkness by Cornell Woolrich. The story follows a wealthy plantation owner Louis Mahé (Jean-Paul Belmondo), who lives on the remote island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean. He is a lonely and reserved man who lives a quiet life running his tobacco plantation business. When he decides to search for a bride through a matrimonial agency, he meets the stunning and mysterious Julie Roussel (Catherine Deneuve).

As Louis and Julie correspond via letters, they develop a deep connection and eventually decide to get married. However, when Julie arrives on the island, Louis discovers that she is not at all what she seems. She is not the woman in the photograph that he received from the agency, and she has many secrets that she is unwilling to share.

As Louis' suspicions grow, he hires a private investigator to find out more about Julie's past. This investigation leads him on a thrilling and dangerous journey to the mainland of France, where he comes face to face with the real Julie Roussel and uncovers the shocking truth about her identity.

Catherine Deneuve gives a mesmerizing performance as the enigmatic and seductive Julie Roussel, who captures Louis' heart and mind from the first moment they meet. Her beauty and charm are the perfect foil to Jean-Paul Belmondo's subtle and nuanced portrayal of Louis Mahé, a man whose world is turned upside down by Julie's arrival.

The cinematography by Nestor Almendros is stunning, with stunning shots of the island of Réunion and the French countryside adding to the film's romantic and mysterious atmosphere. The film's score by Antoine Duhamel also adds to the haunting and melancholic mood of the film.

The film is a slow-burning mystery that keeps the viewers on the edge of their seats. It explores themes of love, trust, betrayal, and the fluidity of identity, all against the backdrop of stunning locations and haunting music.

Mississippi Mermaid is a must-watch film for fans of Catherine Deneuve and Jean-Paul Belmondo, and for those who love romantic mysteries and stories of unexpected twists and turns. The film is a timeless classic that showcases the brilliance of Truffaut's direction and the talents of its lead actors.

Mississippi Mermaid is a 1969 romance movie with a runtime of 2 hours and 3 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.9.

Mississippi Mermaid
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    6.9  (7,142)