Friday, Oct 21, 2011 7:30 PM
The true story behind the one-hit wonder Sister Smile, a.k.a. the Singing Nun--famously played by Debbie Reynolds in a 1965 musical bio-film. As a high school student in the early ‘60s, Jeannine is attracted to, but then rebuffs, her best friend Annie and struggles with her strict parents, while developing a passion for pop music. Unexpectedly she chooses to enter a Dominican convent, while continuing to develop her musical talent - writing songs, singing and playing the guitar. Church authorities discover her talent and arrange to make a recording of her songs. One song, Dominique, becomes a smash hit across Europe, the US and around the world. Jeannine quickly becomes disillusioned with the convent and the control the Sisters exercise over her music. She leaves and attempts to continue her career, but never equals that initial success.
Dir. Stijn Coninx, 2009, Belgium, 120 min. in French with English subtitles
A reception will follow.