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Tom falls in love with a mysterious woman who swims in a lake at night, where too many people have downed. She rarely leaves the water, but they are drawn to each other almost immediately. Looming in the background is a man out for revenge who’s convinced she drowned his spouse.

Inspired by a Serbian tale of a mermaid compelled to kill, Perry Blackshear avoids the usual mermaid clichés by focusing on the human side of her character as her relationship with Tom develops. Expressive and atmospheric, The Rusalka unfolds in quiet restraint, but with an ever-deepening intensity that explodes in an outburst of violence and monstrosity. A melancholy story of star-crossed lovers doomed from the start.


Country: USA

Year: 2018

Duration: 1hr20

Version: English, with French subtitles

Cast & Credits

Director: Perry Blackshear

Producers: MacLeod Andrews, Perry Blackshear, Evan Dumouchel

Scenario: Perry Blackshear

Cinematographer: Perry Blackshear

Editor: Perry Blackshear

Music: Aaron Kenny

Cast: Evan Dumouchel, Margaret Ying Drake, MacLeod Andrews