Mon, Jul 13—Thu, Jul 16 at 6:45, 9:30pm
isolated tobacco farmer Louis (Belmondo) meets his mail-order bride
Julie (Deneuve), he’s unsure this beautiful woman is the same one he
has been corresponding with by letter and only seen in photographs.
Ignoring his doubts, he falls head over heels for her and the two begin
a life together…until the day the mysterious Julie disappears with a
large portion of Louis’ assets. Based on a book by William Irish
entitled Waltz Into Darkness (also the source writer for Truffaut’s The Bride Wore Black),
this tale of sexual obsession and betrayal unfolds in the lush tropical
landscape of Africa’s Reunion Island. Truffaut draws on themes and
conventions of American noir, while peppering Mississippi Mermaid with eclectic allusions to film and literature such as Renoir, Ray, and Balzac. In French with English subtitles. Courtesy of The Film Desk.