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Pauline & Paulette (2001)

Pauline is a 'little girl of 66 years old'. She is intellectually disabled and been cared after by her sister Martha. When Martha dies, her two younger sisters, Paulette and Cecile have to ... See full summary »

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Dora van der Groen ...
Pauline Declercq
Ann Petersen ...
Paulette Declercq
Rosemarie Bergmans ...
Cécile Declercq
Julienne De Bruyn ...
Martha Declercq
Idwig Stephane ...
Albert
Camilia Blereau ...
Slagersvrouw
Nand Buyl ...
Notaris
Magda Cnudde ...
Marie-José
Jef Demedts ...
Begrafenisondernemer
Jenny Tanghe ...
Marcella
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Taxichauffeur (as Bouli)
François Beukelaers ...
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Herman Coessens ...
Slager
Rita Maddens ...
Souffleuse
Michel Bauwens ...
Regisseur operette (as Michael Bauwens)
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Pauline is a 'little girl of 66 years old'. She is intellectually disabled and been cared after by her sister Martha. When Martha dies, her two younger sisters, Paulette and Cecile have to make a decision on the best place for Pauline to be looked after. Neither of them is ready to take care of her. Paulette has a shop to look after and Cecile has her Albert. But according to Martha's last will, her fortune will only be divided in three equal parts if one of the sisters looks after Pauline. If they decide to take her to an institution, Pauline will be the only heir. Written by Anonymous

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$13,527 (USA) (15 March 2002)

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$139,493 (USA) (14 June 2002)
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You'll laugh, you'll cry, it'll change your life.
26 December 2006 | by (Leuven, Belgium) – See all my reviews

This is an amazing film by Lieven Debrauwer. Whereas his earlier films weren't that great -such as the short movie "Dichten, wat is dichten dan...?"- this is a piece of art.

Debrauwer doesn't seem to be interested in being groundbreaking. Movies like this have been done before, it doesn't provide us with anything new. (E.g. "Rainman" or "What's eating Gilbert Grape") It just tells us a simple but very intimate story.

Both of the protagonists' roles, played by Dora van der Groen and the now deceased Ann Petersen, are impressive. Van der Groen comes across very natural when portraying the honest behaviour and joy that most 'old children' seem to have. Petersen's acting is unbelievable as well. She portrays the prototypical older Flemish lady perfectly. A cold harsh lady who feels her mildly retarded sister is a burden that is complicating her life. A life that, especially at her age, should have been a simple one.

Highly recommended!


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