Young and inexperienced Sister Ann has just arrived at her next posting at Samaritan House, a Dominican order located in a disreputable neighborhood of Ghent, Belgium. Sister Ann is ... See full summary »
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Young and inexperienced Sister Ann has just arrived at her next posting at Samaritan House, a Dominican order located in a disreputable neighborhood of Ghent, Belgium. Sister Ann is enthusiastic, progressive but naive, all which irks one of the senior sisters, Sister Cluny, especially the fact that Sister Ann has a prized material possession, a guitar she's named Adele. Sister Ann considers Adele and her music to be her friends. Contrary to Sister Cluny, the Mother Prioress believes Sister Ann will be a welcome addition to their order. This posting is to be the training ground for Sister Ann and others to become missionaries in Africa. Sister Ann's path takes a detour when the order's Father Clementi hears Sister Ann sing. He believes Sister Ann should record her music and as a favor asks Robert Gerarde of Primavera Records for recording time. Unknown at the time the request is made, Robert and Sister Ann are old friends who attended the Paris Conservatory of Music together five years... Written by
Loosely based on the true story of Soeur Sourire, who had a #1 pop hit in America with "Dominique". Unfortunately, the lovable nun was a one-hit wonder whose life did not continue happily after her brief blush of chart success. After leaving the church for a full-time music career, she ran into heavy financial problems and eventually took her own life. See more »
When Sister Ann and several other convent members perform on The Ed Sullivan Show, the women are forbidden to wear stage makeup - even though all of them have been sporting obvious foundation, blush, lipstick, mascara and even false eyelashes during rest of movie. See more »
OK, so you may have heard about Jeanine Deckers, the Belgian nun who achieved worldwide fame with her performance of "Dominique". "The Singing Nun" is purportedly about her, but Deckers apparently called the movie fiction. The movie obviously wasn't allowed to show that Deckers was a lesbian. Basically, it's one of those movies that I rent just to heckle like the characters on "Mystery Science Theater 3000" do to the crummy movies that they have to watch. To me, Sally Field's high-flying Bertrille is popular culture's only jolly nun worth taking seriously.
And the cast. Debbie Reynolds was always known for wholesome roles, which is why I far prefer her, um, unusual roles: "What's the Matter with Helen?", "In & Out" and "Behind the Candelabra" (one of Steven Soderbergh's best movies). Since Reynolds's daughter played a certain princess in a galaxy far, far away, that makes it even easier to come up with snarky comments. Whenever Ricardo Montalbán's priest appeared on screen, I felt tempted to shout "Khan!" (and knowing that Nichelle Nichols auditioned for a role adds to the idea of a nun boldly going where no nun had gone before). I kept calling Agnes Moorehead's stodgy nun Endora and telling her not to encourage Tabitha to use witchcraft. And can you really watch Katharine Ross and not think of Elaine in "The Graduate"?
I understand that Belgium made a serious movie about Deckers called "Soeur Sourire". I'd like to see that one. No doubt it'll show the discrimination that she likely suffered as a lesbian. "The Singing Nun" is a movie at which I can only roll my eyes.
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