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quietearth [Celluloid 05.02.08] movie news drama

Yeah I know, the posters a bit freaky, that's kinda why I chose it out of the 6 or 7 that were available. Mermaid is written and directed by Anna Melikyan and dropped in Russia at the end of last year. It also played at Sundance and will be playing SIFF. The story is about an unusual girl, who for most of her life has allowed fate to deal her hand. But she has one gift, and that's to make dreams come true. She ends up in Moscow and meets a strange man and this romance provides the backdrop for the fairy tale which is Mermaid. The film looks quite stunning so I would recommend checking out the trailerage, it's off the official website which is linked below the break along with the synopsis.

"Once upon a time a girl named Alisa lived by the sea. She let life carry her along, never struggling, always adapting to changing conditions and historical events. The only unusual thing about Alisa was her gift of making wishes come true. When she found herself in metropolitan Moscow, chance took her by the hand and introduced her to a man with a cross on his chest that read "save and protect." Alisa took one look at the man, and her life changed forever.

This romance provides the framework on which writer/director Anna Melikyan hangs her dreams. Superbly conceived, brilliantly executed, it’s a modern-day fairy tale, containing surreal humor while reveling in the world of a girl’s imagination. Immensely visually inventive, the style is used to perfection to carry the story. Never does the fancy camera trickery get in the way of the plot. Instead, it accentuates and brings to life the unique world where Alisa lives. Critical to the charm of the film is the performance by Masha Shalaeva. Stare into her eyes for a second, and you will be lost in a world of wonder and savvy innocence.

Fusing myth, dream, and warped reality with abundant invention, the film is an ingenious vision of dark enchantment. Mermaid marks the emergence of a marvelously gifted filmmaker and represents commercial art-house cinema at its very best."

Mermaid official website with trailer

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Cyberhal (14 years ago) Reply

The Russians are coming.

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