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Sister Smile (2009) More at IMDbPro »Soeur Sourire (original title)


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Stijn Coninx (screenplay)
Chris Vander Stappen (screenplay)
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Cécile De France ... Jeannine Deckers
Sandrine Blancke ... Annie

Chris Lomme ... La mère supérieure

Marie Kremer ... Françoise
Jo Deseure ... Gabrielle Deckers

Jan Decleir ... Lucien Deckers

Filip Peeters ... 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 ... L'évêque
Marcel Dossogne ... Le cardinal
Marijke Pinoy ... Soeur Suzanne
Circé Lethem ... Soeur Irène
Julie Maes ... Soeur Claire
Ruud Gielens ... Le guide des scouts
Aline Bosuma ... Soeur Mathilde (as Aline Bossuma)
Catherine Claeys ... La mère d'Annie
Jean-Marc Favorin ... Eric Destal
Jean-Philippe Lejeune ... Propriétaire magasin Philips
Jean-Pierre Denuit ... Avocat Philips
Max Rensonnet ... Vendeur disquaire
Bashkim Topojani ... Photographe Philips
Ted Fletcher ... Tod Peterson
Ashley Peeler ... Interprète Tod Peterson
Marie Lecomte ... Secrétaire Philips (as Marie Leconte)
Serge Swysen ... L'homme du Soir
Valérie D'Hondt ... Réceptionniste hôtel
Pascal Gruselle ... Patron 1ere salle Montréal
Philippe Langlois ... Patron 2e salle Montréal

Eric Godon ... L'huissier
Thomas Delvaux ... Etudiant Louvain 1
Lola Hella ... Etudiante Louvain 2
Marilyn Hella ... Etudiante Louvain 3
Guillaume Kerbush ... Etudiant Louvain 4

David Murgia ... Etudiant Louvain 5
Chloé Petit ... Etudiante Louvain 6
Julien Vargas ... Etudiant Louvain 7
Gérald Purnelle ... Professeur Louvain

Michel Schillaci ... Animateur radio 1
Sylvain Daï ... Animateur radio 2
Aurore Latour ... Nonne couvent
Inès Stevens ... Nonne couvent
Séverine Lecocq ... Nonne couvent
Catherine Jaumotte ... Nonne couvent
Sybille Nicolas ... Nonne couvent
Nicole Gérardy ... Nonne couvent
Rita Tailfer ... Nonne couvent
Anne-Marie Van Brussel ... Nonne couvent
Christine Moreau ... Nonne couvent
Michèle Daix ... Nonne couvent
Adèle Van Rossem ... Nonne couvent
Colette Huque ... Nonne couvent
Stéphanie Mangez ... Nonne couvent
Véronique Boisnard ... Nonne couvent
Maryvonne Durieux ... Nonne couvent
Linda Vincart ... Nonne couvent
Emilie Saitas ... Nonne couvent
Irène Guiot ... Nonne couvent
Pascale Kinanga ... Nonne couvent
Babetida Sadjo ... Nonne couvent
Claire Frogneux ... Nonne couvent
Rita Polet ... Nonne couvent
Joëlle Jonet ... Nonne couvent
Christiane Dorval ... Nonne couvent
Tamara Louis ... Nonne couvent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sebiïi Beckers ... Canadian boy (uncredited)
Aurel Fox ... A Nun's Cousin (uncredited)

Directed by
Stijn Coninx 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stijn Coninx  screenplay
Ariane Fert  screenplay
Chris Vander Stappen  screenplay

Produced by
Peter Bouckaert .... co-producer
Brigitte Germain .... associate producer
Eric Heumann .... producer
Marc Sillam .... producer
Original Music by
Bruno Fontaine 
Cinematography by
Yves Vandermeeren 
Film Editing by
Julie Brenta (sound editor)
Philippe Ravoet 
Casting by
Patrick Hella 
Production Design by
Arnaud de Moleron 
Costume Design by
Christophe Pidre 
Florence Scholtes 
Makeup Department
Catherine Bruchon .... makeup department head
Frank Van Wolleghem .... hair stylist
Céline Vh .... assistant hair stylist
Production Management
Julie Bon .... assistant production manager
Cyrille Bragnier .... production manager
Philippe Groff .... unit production manager
Sophie Hossard .... assistant production manager
Véronique Marchand .... post-production manager
Antonin Silliau .... assistant production
Art Department
Samia Al Kayar .... assistant set dresser
Clément Chapelle .... set dresser
Caroline Chevallereau .... assistant property master
Damien Fleury .... assistant art director
Amandine Grafé .... graphic designer
Sven Haerden .... carpenter
Dominique Pirson .... painter
Valérie Vernier Ricordeau .... chief painter
Sound Department
Julien Baissat .... assistant foley artist
Philippe Baudhuin .... sound re-recording mixer
Mathilde Cousin .... foley editor
Pascal Dedeye .... foley artist
Christophe Gagnot .... post-production sound
Aline Gavroy .... foley re-recording mixer
Marc Mnémosyne .... sound mix technician
Special Effects by
Jean-Christophe Bourgeois .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Émilie Feret .... visual effects coordinator
Anita Lech .... digital artist (as Anita Lech Bedez)
Camera and Electrical Department
Manu Alberts .... steadicam
Gauthier Berlaimont .... electrician
Olivier Cazzitti .... electrician
Julien Lambert .... assistant camera
Nicolas Lemoine .... grip
Jean-Claude Lother .... still photographer
Hugo Renard .... grip
Olivier Servais .... assistant camera
Stéphane Thiry .... key grip
Casting Department
Michaël de Nijs .... extras casting
François Parascan .... assistant casting director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Natasha Francotte .... wardrobe supervisor
Lise Lejeune .... wardrobe
Gaëtane Paulus .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Ornella Del-Vecchio .... digital conformation
Sophia Del-Vecchio .... digital conformation
Frederic Jupin .... digital conformation
Raymond Terrentin .... colorist
Thomas Vanthuyne .... assistant editor
Music Department
Benjamin Caillaud .... music editor
Christian Chevalier .... music clearance
Cecile Coutelier .... music assistant engineer
Stéphane Reichart .... music scoring mixer
Other crew
Jan De Coninck .... film printing
Philippe Groff .... location scout
Guillemette Guyot .... assistant administrator
Eric Jooris .... legal counsel
Roger Schins .... location scout
Roger Schins .... researcher
Pierre Selinger .... attorney
Philippe Toussaint .... location scout

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Also Known As:
"Soeur Sourire" - Belgium (original title)
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120 min
Australia:PG | France:U | Netherlands:12 | South Korea:12 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud)

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Sister Smile jumped the gun., 4 September 2010
Author: dbdumonteil

"Soeur Sourire" aka "the singing nun" was a one hit wonder but she achieved the incredible feat of taking the one and only French language song to number one on the billboard charts (the whole month of December 1963);the album did even better than the single,with a total of six weeks at the top (dislodged by "meet the Beatles");there was even a movie feat Debbie Reynolds ,but no follow up to the golden start with "Dominique" .

Soeur Sourire ,after her short moment of glory , was despised, shunned, bullied, ridiculed and persecuted or at least treated with suspicion .A -very mediocre - Neo Nouvelle Vague flick called "Les Idoles featured a caricature of the singer;we could follow the fall of the ex-nun in the tabloids ,the only 'refuge" for the has-beens in Europa.

Soeur Sourire,as depicted in the movie,was actually a woman ahead of her time ;influenced by Vatican II and ...Elvis Presley and rock and roll (we see her performing "Be Bop A Lula" in her convent),she was not prepared for the austere reactionary life among the nuns of the early sixties.Abetted by a young priest,she thought that pop music was a brand new way to get the Christian message across .She did not realize that she was adored as a "singing nun";even without the convent's disapproval ,she would never make it as a laywoman;and the fact that she left the holy orders to live with another woman did not help ,in th sixties when homosexuality -she only reportedly accepted her sexuality at the end of her life-was a taboo subject.(She became a nun just because she was ashamed of feeling like kissing another girl).The first sequence is revealing: a tomboy playing football;her attempts at "femininization" ,notably in Canada ,(making up,trying to have an affair with her manager) are doomed to failure.Her latter songs had nothing to do with the candid sanctimonious "Dominique" and dealt with modern subjects such as the pill,woman's lib,macho men,and the Church itself.

Cecile De France gives an outstanding performance as this unfortunate Belgian woman whose fall was hard.

Anachronisms : in the records shop ,circa 1963-64, you can see a France Gall sleeve which is actually from 1966;a man uses the verb "Niquer" (F....) whereas this word did not become "trendy" before the eighties.

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