Based on a novel by William Irish, MISSISSIPPI MERMAID has been directed by François Truffaut in 1969.
The Reunion Island. Jean-Paul Belmondo is a wealthy tobacco planter. Today, he must at last meet Julie Roussel, a young woman he knows only by the letters and the picture she has sent to him. When Catherine Deneuve arrives, he doesn't recognize her as she doesn't fit her picture. She admits that the picture isn't hers but is a photo of one of her friends. Madly in love, Belmondo soon marries her. He doesn't care if Catherine Deneuve doesn't match at all the descriptions of her letters. One day, Deneuve disappears after having cashed out Belmondo's banking accounts. Along with Nelly Borgeaud, Julie Roussel's sister, Belmondo asks Michel Bouquet, a private investigator, to find Deneuve and discover what has happened to the real Julie Roussel. Exhausted, Belmondo flies to the french Côte d'Azur. He finds there Deneuve who is working as an hostess in a night club. He first wants to kill her but soon forgives her as she tells him the story of her life as a small criminal. As long as Belmondo has money, both live happily in a little house of southern France. But Bouquet locates them and Belmondo kills him in cold blood.
Don't look for suspense in this movie. Look for the Truffaut touch in the description of this unusual love story.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler