Mississippi Mermaid

This underrated little Truffaut gem is not so much a thriller or a mystery as it is a straightforward tale of obsession.

April 7th, 2011 by Wayward Muse
Rating: Genres: Featured Actors: Actors: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Marcel Berbert, Martine Ferriere, Michel Bouquet, Nelly Borgeaud Featured Directors: Languages:
Mississippi Mermaid

The primary mystery is solved early on. What remains is the mystery of just how far down a man will go in pursuit of the object of his mad love. The film moves and flows at a wonderful pace, with lots of twists and turns, so it remains interesting and engaging throughout. That anyone would be completely obsessed with the enigmatic, preternaturally gorgeous, and impenetrable Catherine Deneuve, is hardly a stretch of the imagination. That such a masochistic obsession would grow in the face of cruelty and betrayal is also hardly a revelation.

Mississippi Mermaid

The dance between Deneuve and Belmondo is the dance between an utterly cynical pragmatism and a hopelessly naïve romanticism. The truly interesting thing is that through the dance, both parties are transformed in unexpected ways. This is absolutely not a film for mainstream audiences—but for Truffaut or Deneuve fans, it is delightfully delicious and lighthearted film noir.

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