A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998)

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The story of an American family living in Paris in the sixties and seventies. The father is a successful writer, a WWII veteran haunted by his experiences in the Pacific. His wife is an emotional, fun-loving woman. The film opens the day six-year old Benoit, a french orphan, is brought into the family for adoption.

Cast

Kris Kristofferson
as Bill Willis
Jane Birkin
as Mrs. Fortescue
Virginie Ledoyen
as Billy's Mother
Anthony Roth Costanzo
as Francis Fortescue
Harley Cross
as Keith Carter
Macha Méril
as Madame Beauvier
Nathalie Richard
as Mademoiselle Fournier
Bob Swaim
as Bob Smith
Luisa Conlon
as Young Channe
Samuel Gruen
as Benoit/Young Billy
Frederic Da
as Stephane
Antoine Chain
as Billy's Father
Michelle Fairley
as Miss O'Shaunessy
Sarah Haxaire
as Mademoiselle Devereux
Marie Henriau
as Social Worker
Scott Miles
as 1st Jock
Dominic Gould
as Poker Player, Paris
Susan Gutfreund
as Poker Player, Paris
Stephanie Levin
as Poker Player, Paris
Louis Niedleman
as Poker Player, Paris
Anna Niedleman
as Poker Player, Paris
Louis St. Calbre
as Poker Player, Paris
Anne-Cécile Crapie
as Mademoiselle Picot
Elizabeth Villeminot
as Cassandra Smith
Catherine Villeminot
as Mary-Ellen Smith
Florence Villeminot
as Gillis Smith
Emma Scaife
as Bethany
Anthony Decadi
as Schoolyard Tease
Valerie Toledano
as Mademoiselle Fauchon
Tammy Arnold
as Real Estate Agent
Loretta Anawalt
as Poker Player, Wilmington
Bruce Anawalt
as Poker Player, Wilmington
Tammy Helm
as Poker Player, Wilmington
Don Baker
as Poker Player, Wilmington
Mitch Eakins
as 2nd Jock
Christopher Berry
as Steve Bates
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Critic Reviews for A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (8)

There's something fresher in this Merchant-Ivory film about an expatriate family in Paris in the 1970s: It's not as tasteful, stately, and restrained as their other literary adaptations.

Full Review… | January 8, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

A fluidly acted and well-directed film about one family's capacity to adapt to changes with courage and grace.

Full Review… | March 3, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Has a rich, 'lived-in' texture that gives the narrative a credibility not based merely on its actuality but on the conviction with which it is presented.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Film Journal International

Especially heartfelt and truthful.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
TheFilmFile.com

Audience Reviews for A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries

A great drama and a change of pace from James Ivory's other work.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

An intriguing movie

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

The film is as unkempt as a diary, with people's motivations obscure, many of their problems left unresolved and friends and acquaintances appearing and disappearing with a near-pinball like randomness. But that is much of the charm of this film, as its honest portrait of a family in transition and crisis is full of the sort of tumult and confusion that most of us can identify with.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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