- 1 hr 26 min
Paulette is a French comedy-drama film that was released in 2012. The movie is directed by JÃ©rÃ´me Enrico and stars Bernadette Lafont, Carmen Maura, and Dominique Lavanant. The story of Paulette is centred around an elderly woman of the same name, played by Bernadette Lafont. She is a cantankerous old lady who lives alone in her apartment in a run-down housing estate in Paris. She is struggling to make ends meet and is facing eviction from her home.
Paulette is a former award-winning culinary expert who has fallen on hard times. She has lived a life of being largely ignored by the society which she resides in, even though she is a French national. She is also an unapologetic racist, who views foreigners with suspicion and distrust.
One day, she meets a group of immigrant drug dealers, who are operating in her neighbourhood. When the dealers force their way into her apartment with the intent of using it as a base for their drug operations, Paulette hatches a plan to take revenge on them by becoming a drug dealer herself.
With the help of her elderly friends and some stolen drugs, Paulette sets up her own drug-selling operation. She quickly becomes successful in this new venture, thanks to her knowledge of cooking and her superior product.
As Paulette's drug operation grows, she forms an unlikely bond with a group of her customers, including a transgender woman named Dana. Together, they are breaking away from the traditional mould that most people have in their minds about what a drug dealer ought to look and think like.
Paulette's newfound success leads to her being chased by her former drug-dealing associates, who want their product back. In the end, Paulette is able to outsmart them and emerge victorious.
The film is an interesting commentary on the state of race affairs in Western Europe. It also touches on the insecurities of ageing and the need for people at that stage of life to find a new purpose in life.
Bernadette Lafont's performance is simply outstanding. She is able to bring out the vulnerable side of a woman who has been largely ignored by society. She is also able to make the film's humour work, despite the fact that it could potentially be deemed as offensive to some members of the audience.
Carmen Maura and Dominique Lavanant give equally strong performances in their respective roles. Maura plays Paulette's best friend, RenÃ©e, who is a higher class lady who lives in the same apartment building. Lavanant plays Gilberte, another one of Paulette's friends, who is a former prostitute.
Overall, Paulette is a bitingly funny and poignant film, that simultaneously deals with important issues while entertaining you. It's a perfect movie for those who are looking for something that's both light-hearted and serious.
Paulette is a 2016 crime movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 26 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.6 and a MetaScore of 40.