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Paulette is a 2012 French comedy-crime-film directed by Jérôme Enrico.[2][3][4][5] He wrote the script in cooperation with Bianca Olsen, Laurie Aubanel and Cyril Rambour.[6] It has been said the plot was based on true events.[7]

Directed byJérôme Enrico
Produced byAlain Goldman
Written byBianca Olsen
Laurie Aubanel
Jérôme Enrico
Cyril Rambour
StarringBernadette Lafont
Music byMichel Ochowiak
CinematographyBruno Privat
Edited byAntoine Vareille
Release date
  • 4 October 2012 (2012-10-04) (Festa do Cinema Frances)
  • 16 January 2013 (2013-01-16) (France)
Running time
87 minutes
Budget$4.6 million
Box office$13.2 million[1]



Paulette and her late husband had a brasserie. Now the xenophobic old lady lives alone in a banlieue and her pension is too small to get along. In the course of a sequestration most of her furniture and also her TV set are seized. Moreover, the landline is cut off because of overdue bills. Paulette is desperate to earn money somehow and she hears there is much money to be made in dealing cannabis. She visits a known criminal named Vito in her area and asks him for work. He commissions her eventually to sell his cannabis. Yet the other dealers don't put up with her unexpected success. They beat her up and rob her. Again she is desperate because she has to deliver a certain amount of money to Vito. Instead of just distributing sheer cannabis she starts to sell cakes and biscuits spiced with cannabis. Soon there is a huge demand for her elaborate pastries. Vito's boss gets enthusiastic about her success and plans to sell her biscuits to pupils. When she refuses to support this idea, the villain kidnaps Paulette's grandson. She starts a spectacular attempt to free him but in the end it is her son-in-law Ousmane who saves the day. Finally she leaves France and opens a cannabis coffee shop in Amsterdam, hereby becoming herself the kind of person she used to dislike: an emigrant.



Brendan Kelly wrote for Montreal's Gazette and The Vancouver Sun the film had "its highs and lows".[8][9] Carola Almsinck ( wrote on the occasion of the German release "Paulette" was a "very French" film and eligible as an "amusing fairytale".[10]


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  2. ^ "Paulette". Retrieved 2013-07-17.
  3. ^ "Paulette". Retrieved 2013-07-17.
  4. ^ "Paulette". Retrieved 2013-07-17.
  5. ^ "Paulette". Retrieved 2013-07-17.
  6. ^ "Bernadette Lafont becomes a drug dealer in Jérôme Enrico's Paulette". 2012-01-12. Retrieved 2013-07-17.
  7. ^ "Gaumont explores vices with Paulette, Porn In The Hood". Screen Daily. 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2013-07-17.
  8. ^ Kelly, Brendan (2013-04-11). "Review: Review: Paulette". The Gazette (Montreal). Retrieved 2013-07-17.
  9. ^ Kelly, Brendan (2013-04-11). "Review: Review: Paulette". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2013-07-17.
  10. ^ Almsinck, Carola (2013-07-13). "Review: Review: Paulette". Retrieved 2013-07-17.

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