Mississippi Mermaid

Mississippi Mermaid

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Mississippi Mermaid () (1969) is a French film directed by François Truffaut. The film is adapted from the 1947 William Irish (Cornell Woolrich) novel Waltz into Darkness. The film features Jean-Paul Belmondo, Catherine Deneuve, and others.

It was remade in 2001 as Original Sin, starring Antonio Banderas, Angelina Jolie, Thomas Jane, and directed by Michael Cristofer.


Truffaut juggles an Hitchcock suspense/thriller with deepening sexual obsession. Louis (Jean-Paul Belmondo) owns a tobacco plantation and cigarette factory on Réunion Island, but it's lonely work — so he sends away for a mail-order bride.

Much to his surprise, the beautiful young Julie Roussel (Catherine Deneuve) arrives by ship (the Mississippi Mermaid of the title), looking nothing like the picture he had received by mail. Louis quickly falls for Julie, while discovering that she is decidedly not the woman with whom he had been corresponding.


  • Jean-Paul Belmondo as Louis Mahé
  • Catherine Deneuve as Julie Roussel/Marion Vergano
  • Nelly Borgeaud as Berthe
  • Martine Ferrière as Landlady
  • Marcel Berbert as Jardine
  • Yves Drouhet as Detective
  • Michel Bouquet as Camolli
  • Roland Thénot as Richard

Critical reception

When the film was exhibited in San Francisco in 1999, film critic Edward Guthmann lauded the film in...
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