Sister Smile (2001) Now on DVD - Page 2
Although clearly made on a small budget, much of Sister Smile is surrealistic, with images that confound and confuse. Roger Deutsch imaginatively fills in the blanks in Deckers’ life, making it a nightmare landscape of mood swings and desertions. There is one scene in the movie that captures joy, but it is more a parody of The Singing Nun (1966), and shows Deckers singing and dancing around the convent grounds amidst frolicking postulants.
No attempt was made to give Sister Smile a sense of the sixties; in one scene Deckers is reading a newspaper bearing a headline about Elian Gonzalez, a late-twentieth century boom box is used in another scene, and many of the costumes look like they came off-the-rack in the late nineties. These anachronisms do not distract because the film is so dreamlike in its aspects that viewers shouldn’t be surprised by anything.
With her ups and downs due to mood swings and drug use, the overall picture is of a very sad, very lonely woman who would never find a place in the world. Sister Smile is more Sister Not-Much-to-Smile-About.