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Pauline and Paulette Review

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Following the death of the sister who had cared for her, a sixtysomething with the mind of a tot, becomes the subject of a push-of-war between her remaining siblings.

★★★★

Played to perfection by an inspired cast, Lieven Debrauwer's debut feature is a gently perceptive study of family affiliation that exploits its seeming slightness to make several telling points about age, dignity and the curious power of affection.

Following the death of the sister who had cared for her, Pauline (Van Der Groen), a sixtysomething with the mind of a tot, becomes the subject of a push-of-war between her remaining siblings, who come to an uneasy truce to avoid being disinherited.

It seems so simple. Yet, the blend of home truths and homely wisdom turns the already irresistible byplay between Van Der Groen and co-star Ann Petersen into something truly memorable.

It's candy-coloured kitsch, but it restores credibility to that much-abused word - sweet.