American semi-biographical film about the life of Jeanine Deckers (aka Sœur Sourire lit. Sister Smile
/"The Singing Nun" in the West), a nun who recorded the chart-topping hit song, "Dominique"
. Debbie Reynolds stars in the title role as the nun named Sister Ann*
. Ed Sullivan himself makes an appearance to play in the supposedly similar situation where the Singing Nun appears on his show
. Original songs by The Singing Nun were translated into English and were written by Randy Sparks.
Despite the film being labeled as semi-biographical, Jeanine Deckers herself rejected the film as "fiction". More or less, her life might not be as joyful
as how the film showed it. Also, Deckers' fate was less than happy...Needs Wiki Magic Love
The film provides examples of:
- Adults Are Useless: Nicole and Dominic's father is usually out.
- Animated Credits Opening
- Based on a Great Big Lie: In contrast to the perfection of the movie, the real Jeanine Deckers was a very conflicted personality who did not like the attention of the world and definitely did not hold an attraction to a male record producer as shown in the film. In fact, she left the order in 1965, accompanied by her lover, Annie Pescher, whom she stayed with until their mutual suicide pact in 1985.
- Big Sister Instinct: Nichole isn't really sister-of-the-year and because she needs to take care of Dominic while their dad is gone (who's just as neglecting), she just takes her little brother almost everywhere she goes, even in a seedy bar. This encouraged Sister Ann to volunteer in babysitting him while Nichole is away.
- Bittersweet Ending: Dominic, Nicole, and their dad go away for a while to a pig farm in the countryside. Nichole later makes amends with Sister Ann. Sister Ann forgives her, and she also gives away her guitar, Adele, to Nichole.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: She and a fellow nun become missionaries in Africa and help the sick in a poor village. The people all rejoice of her arrival.
- Companion Cube: Her precious guitar she named, Adele.
- Cool Bike: Averted. Sister Ann rides a moped that doesn't really stand out around her plain white habit. Since she's a nun, we can expect that her choices in vehicles to be, sort of not-so flashy. Whether that's necessary or not.
- The Hedonist: Nichole which unfortunately, leads her to constantly leaving her brother alone or taking him to unsafe places.
- Hollywood Nuns
- My God, What Have I Done?: Later, while walking on the streets, she hears a club playing rock 'n' roll music to the tune of her song, Dominique, much to her horror (judging from the Reaction Shot) for she was unprepared of the side-effects of her new-found fame and thought she was losing sight of what's important. It didn't help that this all happened just after the accident of little Dominic.
- Real Song Theme Tune: "Dominique" of course.