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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Funimation! Unidisc
  • Release Date: Nov. 23 2010
  • ASIN: B003VC6F5I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,045 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Sister Smile

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Sister Smile - The Tragic Tale of the Singing Nun Feb. 27 2011
By Carlos E. Velasquez - Published on
Many years ago - 1963, to be precise - a song came out, and it quickly became popular all over the world. Perhaps you remember it, if you happened to be around during that time. It has a catchy melody that went "Dominique, nique, nique..." -- perhaps one of the most famous melodies of all time. I remember it being used by the marching bands from almost every high school in my city. Well, even though the song became a hit, I never thought about the singer - until now. The remarkable and unforgettable "Sister Smile - The Tragic Tale of the Singing Nun" tells us the story of this famous tune as well as its creator.

The original name of this Italian film is "Sour Sorriso," and it is directed by Roger Deutsch, who tried to follow the steps of Janine, the singer, and put together and speculative story about what happened to her. It begins with young Janine (Ginevra Colonna) taking only her guitar, secretly leaving home, and joining a convent. While there, she becomes popular due to her talent as a singer. She is persuaded by the other nuns to record her song. She successfully gets a record deal, and "Dominique" becomes an instant hit. However, just when things could not be better in her life, she unexpectedly leaves the convent. It is then that we realize that she is a troubled soul. She then finds shelter in a place that houses young women with addiction problems, and where she falls for Clara (Simona Caparrini), its manager. Again, just when we think that Janine has finally found happiness, she leaves the shelter, and a heart-broken Clara. Janine goes back home with her father, which apparently has great influence on her, and with whom she has a weird relationship. But, following a sad and tormented trend, she leaves home and continues a path of self-destruction.

"Sister Smile - The Tragic Tale of the Singing Nun" is a quite unique film that would have gone unnoticed if it weren't for MVD Visual's vision in distributing it. It catches the life of an artistic genius that, like many, inexplicably is absorbed by the dark side. But, despite that, I can guarantee that when you finish watching this film, you will be singing "Dominique, nique, nique..." That is precisely what I have been doing all day long today before writing this piece. The DVD includes "Dead People" and "Mario Makes a Movie," two short films by director Deutsch. (Italy, 2001, color, 95 min plus additional material)

Reviewed exclusively by Eric Gonzales on February 27, 2011
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HORRIBLE! Aug. 2 2012
By Steve K. - Published on
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Don't waste your money on this movie! It is absolutely horrible and redolent of bad Italian horror films of the seventies. I'm not sure what the director had in mind but it is all wrong and has nothing to do with the real Sister Smile. The Belgian film "Souer Sourire" is much better in every way!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Disturbing twist of the original story April 19 2013
By 231326 - Published on
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The real "Sister Smile" wasn't this out there. However, the director took some literary license with his story. For one, he presumes that once she leaves the Order, that she becomes a nymphomaniac, and out of control sociopathic narcissist.

Sr. was anything but that. She made a choice; and decided that music would be her life. But PHILIPS claimed the rights to the music. Then they stuck her for the back taxes, because the Church took the money. The combination of the two drove her to her death.

Je Voudrais or I'd like to be is perhaps the most touching thing she ever wrote. It's featured as bumper music throughout, perhaps to remind us as the audience that she really wanted more for herself. That part is absolutely true. She wanted to love God and others, but found a selfish world that took from her at every turn.

When she turned to drugs, alcohol, and allegedly an affair with her long-time female started to spiral downward. They are buried together; their grave always adorned with flowers, especially by disenfranchised Catholics, to symbolize their fellowship with hers.

It is her that is so lovely...this adaptation, eh-not so great!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Sister Smile full of emotion March 17 2013
By Timothy Kingston - Published on
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I saw this at the movies and after seeing the Debbie Reynolds version, I wondered what it would be like.
I was not disappointed at all, well done and it gave me a whole new appreciation of what "The Singing Nun" endured and the hassles which were brought about by others and the others who made money from her skills and talent.

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