Pauline & Paulette
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Pauline is mentally handicapped, and when one of her sisters dies, she is left on her own. She is taken in by another sister, Paulette, as a temporary measure, but as time goes on, Paulette's attitudes change and the sisters become closer.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Paul Malcolm, L.A. Weekly
"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."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"About as satisfying and predictable as the fare at your local drive through."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"The film hinges on its performances, and both leads are up to the task."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The story is gracefully free of contrived story twists and expository dialogue."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"A moving tale of love and destruction in unexpected places, unexamined lives."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Ray Conlogue, Globe and Mail
"Lovely Beligian film about a mentally challenged sixty-six year old woman who tutors all those around her in wide-eyed wonder."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"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."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"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."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"It's rare to find a film to which the adjective 'gentle' applies, but the word perfectly describes Pauline & Paulette."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Simple, poignant and leavened with humor, it's a film that affirms the nourishing aspects of love and companionship."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A small gem from Belgium."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A poignant tale of sisterly love and aging."
‑ Jeffrey Bruner, Des Moines Register
"A poignant and gently humorous parable that loves its characters and communicates something rather beautiful about human nature."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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