Back in late 1963, a Belgian nun known only as Soeur Sourire, or Sister Smile, topped America's pop music charts with the relentlessly cheerful tune "Dominique," from an album of 12 songs ... See full summary »
In the 1890s, Father Adolf Daens goes to Aalst, a textile town where child labor is rife, pay and working conditions are horrible, the poor have no vote, and the Catholic church backs the ... See full summary »
Antje de Boeck
A young woman arrives in Paris where she finds a job as a waitress in bar next on Avenue Montaigne that caters to the surrounding theaters and the wealthy inhabitants of the area. She will meet a pianist, a famous actress and a great art collector, and become acquainted with the "luxurious" world her grandmother has told her about since her childhood.
Cécile De France,
Hector had been in the orphanage for 35 years, until his aunt Ella and uncle Achiel pick him up. They want him to work at their bakery. At his new home he also helps training Achiel's son, ... See full summary »
Soeur Sourire is a moving story based on the life of a fascinating historic figure, Jeannine, a young Belgian girl who joined the convent and became a star in 1961 when she composed and sang the hit Dominique, nique, nique... The tragedy experienced by this young woman, who adopted the stage name Soeur Sourire, has everything to do with love. Jeannine Deckers desperately tries to give others the love she never received from her hard-hearted mother. She becomes attached to Annie, but when the latter tries to get closer, she runs. She dreams of moving away to far places, to Africa. When the situation at home becomes unbearable, she feels that joining a convent is the only way out. Life in the convent is hard for the young, passionate woman, but also gives her moments of joy she had never had before. She composes Dominique and is used by the church in an attempt to rejuvenate its waning image. The song becomes a hit all over the world. Written by
what a beautiful picture! what a great cast! what a fantastic soundtrack! what a tragic loss! certainly because this world needs songs with lyrics like those of soeur Sourire, here fantastically portrayed by Cecile de France. congratulations Stijn Coninx! I know I keep repeating myself, but this movie is one of the best Belgium has ever made. I can't understand how it was possible to be made, this movie must have cost a lot.
I had no idea this movie was about being gay, so it surprised me. but the peaceful message put me back on the right track: peace and love is the most important thing in the world. yes, I can say this movie has changed my political thoughts completely.
I can't write very well, so I'm going to shut up, but I just want to end with telling how much this picture has got into my heart... no, I can't, you just have to see it for yourself. so bad luck for America, the chances they will see this movie gem are very... hey, wait a minute, let's nominate this with an academy award for best foreign picture 2009!
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