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Sister Smile

Sister Smile

A Feature film by Stijn Coninx

Produced by Paradis Films

Release in France : 29/04/2009


    At the end of the 1950s, in the vicinity of Brussels.

    Like all the other young people of her time, Jeannine Deckers thirst for freedom and discovery. No way will she blindly accept the choices her parents have made for her: To find a husband and take over the family bakery. She aspires to another kind of life, imagines traveling, reaching out to people. Initially attracted to design studies, she finally enters a convent. Here Jeannine discovers that being a Dominican nun is a difficult vocation. One must renounce all worldly things, especially music. The latter is too much to ask. In spite of the other sisters' incomprehension, and with the support of the Mother Superior, Jeannine holds good and composes a Dominican "hit". Jeannine then becomes known, by the whole world, as "Sister Smile."

    She becomes famous and her record sells millions. Her success will be compared to that of Elvis Presley.

    The film recounts the singular and moving story of this young woman who never gave up.

    Actors (10)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Paradis Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Roissy Films

    Foreign production companies :

    Les Films de la Passerelle , Eyeworks

    French distribution :

    Océan Films Distribution

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    Full credits (13)

    Executive Producers :

    Éric Heumann, Marc Sillam

    Screenwriters :

    Stijn Coninx, Ariane Fert, Chris Vander Stappen

    Sound recordists :

    Henri Morelle, Philippe Baudhuin, Stéphane Reichart

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Dominique Segall

    Continuity supervisor :

    Véronique Lagrange

    Music Composer :

    Bruno Fontaine

    Costume designers :

    Florence Scholtes, Christophe Pidre

    Line Producer :

    Pierre Grunstein

    Director of Photography :

    Yves Vandermeeren

    Production Manager :

    Cyrille Bragnier

    Editor :

    Philippe Ravoet

    Production Designer :

    Arnaud de Moleron

    Casting :

    Patrick Hella

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    Feature film

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    France, Belgium

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    Majority French (France, Belgium)

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    2 h

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