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Mona Lisa Smile (Bilingual)

Julia Roberts , Kirsten Dunst , Mike Newell    Unrated   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
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Après avoir réalisé des films aussi différents que Quatre mariages et un enterrement ou Donnie Brasco, Mike Newell poursuit son cheminement éclectique avec Le Sourire de Mona Lisa, regard sur les balbutiements du féminisme dans les années 50 en Amérique.

En 1953, Katherine Watson, jeune diplômée de l’Univerité de Californie à Los Angeles (UCLA), accepte un poste de professeure en histoire de l’art au collège Wellesley, institution conservatrice où l’on forme les jeunes filles de bonne famille à devenir de parfaites mères et épouses. Miss Watson est convaincue qu’elle réussira à ouvrir d’autres horizons à ses élèves en les enjoignant à penser par elles-mêmes.

Même si le scénario du Sourire de Mona Lisa faisait craindre un simple copié collé au féminin de celui du Cercle des poètes disparus, le résultat s’avère toutefois original. La jeune professeure (une Julia Roberts pas toujours dans le ton) ne cherche pas à galvaniser l’esprit de ses troupes (Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles et Maggie Gyllenhaal en tête) en lançant des slogans accrocheurs, mais plutôt à les accompagner sur le chemin de l’émancipation. Sans être trop simplificateur, le film nous fait alors sentir le poids des conventions que ces femmes eurent à éprouver. Bien que multipliant les histoires secondaires à l’utilité plus ou moins affirmée, et ne sachant tout à fait trouver un rythme adéquat, Le Sourire de Mona Lisa a le mérite de faire un portrait assez juste de cette génération de femmes des années 50 à qui l’on apprenait la docilité comme vertu première. – Helen Faradji.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is exceptional Dec 4 2009
Format:DVD
When the chemistry is right with her co-stars Julia Roberts is truly amazing.This movie is a great case and point. Women have come a long way in the last fifty years.This is a great movie with an even better message.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It was a fun movie to watch Dec 3 2010
By Duchess TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Even though it was not as good a movie as some of her other movies that she has done, I still enjoyed it. It really made me realize how things were different in the 50's compared to now. I would recommend you see it if you are a Julia Roberts fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting film of an era Sept. 3 2012
Format:VHS Tape
The ancient poet Browning wrote 'God's in his heaven all's right with the world' but not at Wellesley college in the 1950's...for here we have an art teacher who is thought to subvert the values of students, and become like a mentor or guru and the film has much to say about feminism and the housewife with children in the home, at the time largely tied to her church community and pta. Like harper valley pta....That's the background this movie is set against...amid the world of art and mona lisa's smile...when the life of woman was not all it wa supposed to be...and some independent mided woman found themselves in convents as a freer way to relate and develop themselves.
Is she an iconolast..a teacher..or someone trying to convert others to her values. The Roberts character, played with an aloofness and independence by the actress, at first seems harsh to the viewer and they have trouble identifying but that tells me she's hit the nail on the head in this movie, and the acting is good. She shouldnt be someone who we cozy up to..and the persona here in no way is that. Academic freedom...i find the ladies at this level of education are smart, and well developed personally in many ways, and though many as the bonus features shows at films end were celibate, that just tells me they are much better to appreciate art then modern persons. There minds are more studious, and although the interest in dating and men is there, they have really given that up for a life of study...like the independent minded of years ago who removed themselves from the world...although here it's briefly since they do eventually marry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mona Lisa is definitely smiling April 4 2004
Format:DVD
Mona Lisa Smile is an inspiring film based on a time period when women are beginning to explore alternative roles in society other than the traditional roles of being a stay at home mother who concentrates on her husband's career and success--rather than her own. Julia Roberts and her fellow actresses explore the roles of women as Julia plays an art professor who sets out to academically enlighten a group of already well-educated, rich girls attending a finishing school. Through this enlightening process she helps several of the students find their way, broaden their horizons, and in the process finds herself. The movie deserves four stars because Julia's character not only lets the audience relate on a feminine level but on a humanitarian level as well. The viewer can truly imagine the Mona Lisa smiling, if she were to watch Julia Robert's performance in this movie.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stelalr cast lost in soap opera screenplay March 16 2004
Format:DVD
As entertainment, "Mona Lisa Smile" has its strong points. After all, it features some of some of today's best actresses - Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Marcia Gay Harden. It has the look of the 1950s, which makes it a handsome period piece. The movie's central problems are its unsuccessful attempts to convey the real feeling of the period and its failure to create any truly memorable characters [the script's fault more than the performers']. While it wants to be seen as a historically accurate portrait of upper-middle class society fifty years ago, it winds being no more than an entertaining soap opera. [For a more astute vision of the period, watch the vastly superior "Far From Heaven" [2002]. For a searing portrait of a teacher in an all girls' school, check out 1969's "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie".]
Katherine Watson [Roberts], a recent UC Berkeley graduate, lands a job at Wellesley College, a prestigious East Coast women's college, as an art history teacher. She is impressed by her students' eagerness to learn, but appalled that, despite their academic excellence, their main ambition is to marry well. She begins a fairly benign campaign to get these women to realize that there might be other ambitions in life worth pursing. Her efforts make the college's president and its board of trustees uncomfortable to the point that her job is in danger. The students' responses range from acceptance to outright hostility.
The always delightful Roberts is miscast here. She is a joy to watch and gives one of her most mature performances, yet she comes off as an early 21st Century woman sent to the mid-20th Century to show these girls what the future will be like. This interpretation gives her character a certain smugness.
The supporting cast is uniformly excellent. Gyllenhaal nearly steals the movies as Giselle, a beautiful Jewish student, the only one who seems destined to be on the forefront of women's lib in years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Film for all women March 8 2006
Format:DVD
I loved this movie. It is a film all feminist women should see and I think they'll enjoy it as much as I did. I loved the acting by Julia and Kristen and was pleasantly suprised at how rude Kristen's character could be. If you're looking for a film with some what good portrayls of women this is it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars the ultimate chick flick
Guys if you are forced to watch this movie fake a serious illness or better yet fake death. If your woman doesn't kill you this movie will. Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2004 by Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars Empowering
This was an empowering film to me. I loved how Julia Roberts' character, Katherine Watson, challenged these women into different ways of thinking. Read more
Published on July 20 2004 by Desiree
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but Cliched Plot
I love Julia Roberts' glowing smile and infectious laugh, but this movie is just another cliché of the inspirational teacher. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Melissa McCauley
5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece...
I was very pleased with how this movie turned out (except the whole Bill situation could have been taken out. it didn't really match her ideals really..). Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by C. Nichols
2.0 out of 5 stars another teacher-as-messiah film
**1/2 In the wheezingly old-fashioned "Mona Lisa Smile," Julia Roberts joins the ranks of Robert Donat, Glenn Ford, Sidney Poitier, Sandy Dennis, Robin Williams, Edward James... Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by Roland E. Zwick
3.0 out of 5 stars Artsy
Some parts of this movie are just plain boring. But I give it 3 stars because some parts are interesting.
Published on July 6 2004 by CJ Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Good vs. Bad
I could see why some people would and wouldn't like this movie. But for me, I absolutely loved it. It was inspiring, and wonderful, and yes, even though Kirsten Dunst's character... Read more
Published on July 4 2004 by Canna Hara
3.0 out of 5 stars Could've been much better
3 stars for three reasons: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Julia Stiles, and Marcia Gay Harden. (I loved Topher Grace's appearance too, but there wasn't enough of him to warrant 4 stars. Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by Lauren
5.0 out of 5 stars Character Driven. Memorable.
I truly enjoyed this film. I'm not a huge Julia Roberts fan but have nothing against her and I truly felt she stretched and was a shining star in this portrayal of a Bohemian... Read more
Published on July 1 2004
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