Pauline and Paulette Movie Review Summary

Actors: Dora van der Groen, Ann Petersen

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Pauline is a "little girl of 66." Mentally retarded since birth, she has been in the care of her sister Martha, but when Martha dies, her two other sisters Paulette and Cecilia have to decide what to do. Martha's will stipulates that if one or both of the other sisters takes in Paulette and cares for her, Martha's estate will be divided evenly between the three survivors; but if Pauline gets put in an institution, she gets everything. Paulette has a fabric shop and likes to sing and act in operettas; Cecilia lives in Brussels and is seeing a French businessman. Neither is eager to care for simple, likable, but barely functioning Pauline. Van der Groen does an amazing job of acting as a retarded elderly woman, while Petersen is merely excellent as the put-upon Paulette. This Belgian movie released in 2000 is quiet, exquisitely delicate, and strictly for grownup sensibilities.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Family, caring for sick?    -   Yes Who is sick?    -   Sister because he/she is    -   mentally ill

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Dutch


Europe    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Any profanity?    -   None

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