Cohen Media Group has nabbed Gaumont’s sleeper comedy hit “Paulette” for North American distribution.

Helmer Jerome Enrico’s social satire stars Bernadette Lafont (“Le Skylab”) as a grumpy older woman living alone in the projects who decides to become a drug dealer, and proves surprisingly adept at it.

Pic, which played last week at the Unifrance Rendez-Vous market in Paris, is also set to travel to Brazil (Art Films), Switzerland (Monopole-Pathe), Italy (Moviemax), Portugal (Lusomundo), Czech Republic (Hollywood Classic Entertainment) and Canada (A-Z Films), among other territories.

“Paulette” is produced by Alain Goldman’s Legende, which also produced “The Brats” and “Vive La France,” two other laffers on Gaumont’s slate. It has grossed €1.3 million ($1.7 million) in Gaul since its Jan. 16 bow.

Founded in 2008, Cohen has emerged as a leading distrib of upscale foreign-language films, and particularly Gallic fare, such as recent pickups Costa Gavras’ “The Capital” and Francois Ozon’s “In the House.”