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Pauline & Paulette (2001)

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83

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 53
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 9

Pauline and Paulette is a gently poignant, compassionate tale.

89

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 2

Pauline and Paulette is a gently poignant, compassionate tale.

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Average Rating: 3.8/5
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An elderly woman who can't take care of herself becomes the center of a family squabble in this moving drama. Pauline (Dora van der Groen) is a severely retarded woman who, at the age of 66, cannot read, speak in complete sentences, or even tie her own shoes. Despite her handicap, Pauline is happy, and can run simple errands; she lives with her older sister Martha (Julienne De Bruyn), but Pauline has always been especially fond of one of her other siblings, Paulette (Ann Petersen), and Pauline

Aug 13, 2002

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The film's plainness, and the understated force of van der Groen and Petersen's performances, sharpen its complexity of feeling until all mawkishness is cut away.

August 12, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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A moving tale of love and destruction in unexpected places, unexamined lives.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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It's rare to find a film to which the adjective 'gentle' applies, but the word perfectly describes Pauline & Paulette.

May 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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The acting in Pauline And Paulette is good all round, but what really sets the film apart is Debrauwer's refusal to push the easy emotional buttons.

May 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Although there's nothing profound about Pauline and Paulette, it does have a few memorably sly digs at the kinds of things we believe to be profound.

May 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Simple, poignant and leavened with humor, it's a film that affirms the nourishing aspects of love and companionship.

May 2, 2002
Philadelphia Inquirer
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About as satisfying and predictable as the fare at your local drive through.

December 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Lovely Beligian film about a mentally challenged sixty-six year old woman who tutors all those around her in wide-eyed wonder.

September 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A small gem from Belgium.

August 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film hinges on its performances, and both leads are up to the task.

July 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Writer-director Debrauwer does manage to wrap things up in an ***-pleasing 78 minutes. It's isn't much, but it's a lot more than callous Callie Khouri did with that "Ya-Ya" mess. Also, there are no irritating hats.

June 21, 2002
Planet Sick-Boy

A poignant tale of sisterly love and aging.

June 7, 2002 Full Review
Des Moines Register

The story is gracefully free of contrived story twists and expository dialogue.

June 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

The only thing in Pauline and Paulette that you haven't seen before is a scene featuring a football field-sized Oriental rug crafted out of millions of vibrant flowers.

May 23, 2002 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A poignant and gently humorous parable that loves its characters and communicates something rather beautiful about human nature.

May 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Less a heartfelt appeal for the handicapped than a nice Belgian waffle.

May 3, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

A perfectly charming, disarmingly moving little film.

May 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

While the film really doesn't have anything new to say, it's still thoughtful and well-crafted.

May 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

By the time the movie is through ... you realize that the simplicity of the story and its characters have taken root in your mental landscape and will assume a lingering presence.

April 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

An unexpectedly sweet story of sisterhood.

April 26, 2002
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Audience Reviews for Pauline & Paulette

A wonderfully sweet and simple film, sentimental but never sappy. I found it completely absorbing thanks to outstanding performances and great art direction, I especially loved the use of colour. I have not come across a film that portrays someone that is mentally challenged (and their caregiver,) in a way that felt this authentic.
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