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Pauline and Paulette (original title: Pauline & Paulette) is a 2001 Belgian comedy-drama film directed and co-written by Lieven Debrauwer. The movie was the Belgian entry for the Academy Awards 2001 in the category Best Foreign Language Film but failed to receive the actual nomination.

Pauline & Paulette
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Directed byLieven Debrauwer
Written byJaak Boon
Lieven Debrauwer
Music byFrédéric Devreese
CinematographyMichel van Laer
Edited byPhilippe Ravoet
Release date
27 June 2001 (Belgium)
Running time
78 minutes




Pauline (van der Groen) is a 'little girl of 66 years old'. She is mentally retarded and been cared after by her sister Martha. When Martha dies, her two younger sisters, Paulette (Petersen) 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.

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • Joseph Plateau Awards:
    • Best Belgian Actress (Dora van der Groen, won)
    • Best Belgian Actress (Ann Petersen, nominated)
    • Best Belgian Director (Lieven Debrauwer, won)
    • Best Belgian Film (won)
    • Best Belgian Screenplay (Jaak Boon and Lieven Debrauwer, won)
  • World Soundtrack Awards:
    • WSA for Best Original Score of the Year Not Released on an Album (Frédéric Devreese, nominated)

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