Friday, August 28, 2020

A Mermaid in Paris (2020) Fantasia 2020

Mathias Malzieu follows up his Jack and The Cuckoo-Clock Heart with a whimsical tale of singer who ends up rescuing an injured mermaid in the Seine. Romance ensues.

This is a sweet little film that takes a plot we've seen any number of time (man finds mermaid and takes her home) and wraps it up in some  utterly charming clothes, the result is a film that is going to absolutely delight many, while at the same time it is going to be too saccharine for others. You are either going to either love this film (I did) or hate it (I've since read a couple reviews that were full of scorn)

Make no mistake the film is very much an artificial creation,much like the pop up book that figures in the plot, but at the same time like the pop up book this delights our senses. Colors pop, songs are sung and delightful things happen. This is director Malzieu using all of the storytelling tools at his disposal in order to create the mood and feelings that he feels will get his story into our hearts. If you can accept the way the story is being told then you will find yourself in the presence of a charming and wonderful film.


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