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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
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

Bouli Lanners ... Taxichauffeur (as Bouli)
François Beukelaers ... Directeur
Herman Coessens ... Slager
Rita Maddens ... Souffleuse
Michael Bauwens ... Regisseur operette
Koen Crucke ... De 'graaf'
Christine Termonia ... Sopraan
Stroppentheater Gent ... Operettekoor
Linda Lepomme ... Actrice operette
Christiane Locufier ... Actrice operette
Philippe Drecq ... Acteur
Rene Caucheteux ... Man in zetel museum
Freddie Shermann ... Dienster tea-room
Jocelyne Verdier ... Dame in tea-room
Kiki De Paepe ... Schoenverkoopster
Warre Borgmans ... Syndic
Machteld Ramoudt ... Begeleidster
Ingrid De Vos ... Begeleidster
Luc Nuyens ... Postzegelverzamelaar
Olivier Ythier ... Bewoner instelling
Leentje Bekaert ... Bewoner instelling
Denise Coryn ... Bewoner instelling
Roger Debbaut ... Bewoner instelling
Suzanne Dedonder ... Bewoner instelling
Josiane Lammens ... Bewoner instelling
Rita Silkijn ... Bewoner instelling
Wim de Wulf ... Ober
Simone Deman ... Dame in restaurant
Annie de Kesel ... Dame in restaurant
Rosika Lamsens ... Koppel in restaurant
Frans Debrauwer ... Koppel in restaurant
Marie Christine De Walle ... Klant bij Paulette
Lucrese de Kesel ... Klant bij Paulette
Suzy Van Herbergen ... Buurvrouw van Martha
Raymond Van Herbergen ... Buur
Maria Verhaert ... Zangstem Ann Petersen in de operette (singing voice)

Directed by
Lieven Debrauwer 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jacques Boon  (as Jaak Boon)
Lieven Debrauwer 

Produced by
Jacques Boon .... executive producer (as Jaak Boon)
Dominique Janne .... producer
Emjay Rechsteiner .... co-producer
Arlette Zylberberg .... co-producer
Original Music by
Frédéric Devreese 
Cinematography by
Michel van Laer 
Film Editing by
Philippe Ravoet 
Art Direction by
Hilde Duyck 
Costume Design by
Erna Siebens 
Makeup Department
Esther De Goey .... hair stylist
Esther De Goey .... makeup artist
Anne Moralis .... makeup artist (hair stylist)
Gerda van Hoof .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Alain Bonnet .... production manager
Wim Bonte .... unit manager
Gustav Borreman .... production manager
Nadine Borreman .... production manager
Nancy Brasseur .... post-production manager
Jelle Claes .... unit manager
Jo van Hende .... unit production manager
Emmanuel Meuleman .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Borghs .... first assistant director
Melanie Daems .... second assistant director
Art Department
Kurt Rigolle .... props
Jimmy Van Meel .... set dresser
Sound Department
Lieven Callens .... sound
Dominique Dalmasso .... sound mixer
Eric DeVos .... sound editor (as Eric De Vos)
Olivier Hespel .... sound
Valerie Keyser .... sound editor
Catherine Le Mignant-Labye .... sound editor
Jo Masset .... post-synchronization
Henri Morelle .... sound recordist
Philippe van Leer .... foley artist
Philippe van Leer .... sound effects editor
Willem van Nieuwenhuyzen .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Olivier Botte .... electrician
Bruno Dussart .... electrician
Jos Evenepoel .... key grip
Peter Franken .... electrician: second unit
Philippe Garot .... electrician
Bruno Moons .... electrician
Rachid Neffati .... first assistant camera: second unit
Chris Renson .... camera operator: second unit
Dominique Sirault .... electrician
Philippe Therasse .... first assistant camera
Tommy Van Meerbeeck .... electrician (as Tommy van Meerbeek)
Laurent Waltenier .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Griet Van Landeghem .... costumer
Editorial Department
Bart Bossaert .... assistant editor
Julien Contreau .... assistant editor
Dirk Vandewalle .... color timer
Other crew
Valerie Fonteyne .... production secretary
Dimitri Wacheul .... production accountant

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Also Known As:
"Pauline & Paulette" - Belgium (original title)
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Rated PG for brief language
78 min | Argentina:106 min
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Belgium:KT | Finland:S | France:U | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL | Sweden:11 (video rating) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:PG | USA:PG


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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Communication barriers, 31 July 2005
Author: Diand from Amsterdam

Pauline & Paulette is a small Belgian movie about the problems arising when the caretaker sister of the retarded Pauline dies and the other two sisters have to take over because otherwise they will lose their part of the legacy. Pauline (convincingly portrayed by Dora van der Groen) has a preference for flowers (both real and photographed) and bright colors. One of the two sisters (Paulette) establishes a particularly strong bond with her and that story is the main focus of the movie.

We have one of the sisters Cécile living (but not married) with a French-speaking man in Brussels. The fact that he is unable to connect and communicate to Pauline is a small reference to the existing language barrier in Belgium, as Pauline of course has her own unique language. With the love of Viennese operetta by Paulette we have the play-in-the-play; first Pauline breaks into that performance, later there's a farewell scene in the operetta.

The production design is well done with red and reddish colors for the places where Pauline and Paulette meet like the shop of Paulette for example.

There is not an arc in the script for a feature-length movie and it clocks in at a meager 78 minutes. The direction is not that interesting so we end up with a movie that's never dull, but never compelling either. But as many have noted it has its heart at the right place and is well suited for all age groups, although it may appeal especially to the not-too-young.

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