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Paulette
updated: Feb 03, 2014, 4:55 PM

By the Dedicated Staff of edhat.com

Jerome Enrico, Director
87 min.
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Paulette is an elderly widow whose once happy life as a pastry chef and restaurant owner has turned to one of bitterness, as she mourns her late husband and the loss of their business. As she struggles financially on a small pension, she encounters the existence of a bustling hashish trade in her neighborhood in the rundown projects outside of Paris. And then she gets an idea.

The premise of this film is inventive and comical. It is really fun to watch, even if the viewer must flinch at Paulette's unapologetic bigotry and racism. The film addresses some more serious issues, such as loneliness and poverty among the elderly and the relatively recent integration of immigrants in urban France. But it is carried out in such a way that the viewer is fed the message atop a beautiful cupcake, and never has to stop giggling. -SF

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