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A Certain Smile (1958)

Dominique, a law student at the Sorbonne, is engaged to a fellow classmate. Unfortunately, she's more attracted to his philandering Uncle Luc, who's married to the charming Francoise. Dominique and Luc begin a tawdry affair.

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Luc Ferrand
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Françoise Ferrand
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Bertrand Griot
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Dominique Vallon (as Christine Carere)
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M. Vallon
Katherine Locke ...
Mme. Vallon
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Mme. Griot
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Denis
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Trude Wyler ...
Mme. Denis
Sandy Livingston ...
Catherine
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Mlle. Minot
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Pierre
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Dominique, a law student at the Sorbonne, is engaged to a fellow classmate. Unfortunately, she's more attracted to his philandering Uncle Luc, who's married to the charming Francoise. Dominique and Luc begin a tawdry affair.

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A CERTAIN SMILE...That French girl's love-novel that shocked the world! See more »

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19 September 1958 (West Germany)  »

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Una cierta sonrisa  »

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The first feature film of Bradford Dillman. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 2 (1999) See more »

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A Certain Smile
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Johnny Mathis
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Exquisite young love learning about life and reality
31 May 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

After one innocent kiss a bittersweet romance eventually blossoms so naturally between young Dominique (Christine Carere) and the easygoing charmer Luc (Rossano Brazzi), who also happens to be married to Francoise (Joan Fontaine).

There is a tug of war within Dominique as she tries to come to terms with her feelings for Luc as well as for young Bertrand who wants to marry her. Human nature being what it is, we can understand all too well what she goes through -- the hopes and dreams, the joys and sorrows that make up life's experiences -- all are a part of her growing up. However, there is a price to pay for gaining maturity but she comes through in the end.

Romantic music throughout sets the mood for many tender scenes as well as a few frolicking lighthearted ones. Early on Johnny Mathis sings "A Certain Smile" to perfection. Don't pass this one up if you are a Mathis fan.

Joan Fontaine is admirable in her portrayal of the loving, caring wife who must deal with a husband's waywardness. One fine actress!

This is Romance indeed with a very human touch.


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