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A Certain Smile (1958)

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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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Luc Ferrand
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Françoise Ferrand
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Bertrand Griot
Christine Carère ...
Dominique Vallon (as Christine Carere)
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Katherine Locke ...
Mme. Vallon
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Mme. Griot
Steven Geray ...
Denis
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Trude Wyler ...
Mme. Denis
Sandy Livingston ...
Catherine
Renate Hoy ...
Mlle. Minot
Muzaffer Tema ...
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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19 September 1958 (West Germany)  »

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Aci Tebessüm  »

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The first feature film of Bradford Dillman. See more »

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Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #9.33 (1959) 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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Pretty scenery and theme song
2 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It has some beautiful scenery, and a very hummable theme song, but other than that it's not very effective. Director Negulesco did much better with the studio-bound "Best of Everything." One doesn't really care about any of these self-involved people (well, maybe a little for the Joan Fontaine character). Zero chemistry between supposed lovers Brazzi and Carrere. For some much better film adaptations of Francoise Sagan novels, try Bonjour Tristesse and Aimez Vous Brahms (in which Yves Montand plays the same compulsive-womanizer type as Brazzi in "Smile," but somewhat more compellingly). I have to admit that Sagan's characters in general are pretty boring to me.


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