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Sister Smile (2009)
"Soeur Sourire" (original title)

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A biography of the Belgian nun Jeannine Deckers, who became a popular singer in the early 1960s and struggled with the contradiction between the church and her true self.

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Cast

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Sandrine Blancke ...
Annie
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La mère supérieure
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Françoise
Jo Deseure ...
Gabrielle Deckers
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Lucien Deckers
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Antoine Brusson
Christelle Cornil ...
Soeur Christine
Fabienne Loriaux ...
La maîtresse des novices
Raphaël Charlier ...
Pierre
Philippe Résimont ...
Pollet
Johan Leysen ...
Père Jean
Tsilla Chelton ...
La doyenne des Dominicaines
Bernard Eylenbosch ...
Père Dubois
François Beukelaers ...
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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 Hannelore Goossens

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best foreign picture 2009, go for it, Stijn C!
8 May 2009 | by (belgium) – See all my reviews

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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