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"In The Republic of Love, [Deepa] Mehta takes anonymous public spaces and turns them into private ones, or at least spaces where private moments can take place, using locations and sights similar to those deployed in Patricia Rozema's seminal 1987 film, I've Heard the Mermaids Singing -- the enormous concrete structures that dominate Bay Street and University Avenue, and the escalators, malls and food courts seen in earlier films like The Silent Partner (1978) [directed by Daryl Duke]."
-- Steve Gravestock

Gravestock, Steve. "Conclusion: Toronto on Film since 2002." In Toronto on Film , by Geoff Pevere. Edited by Steve Gravestock and Kate Lawrie Van de Ven. Toronto: Toronto International Film Festival, 2009. (p. 157)