Petite Maman


Petite Maman is a precious, poignant, and perfect film exploring the mysterious bond between mother and daughter. Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) has dreamed up something strikingly original: a simple, subtle, fluid fairy tale or ghost story, a poetic conceit realized with the utmost tact and delicacy.

Nelly’s grandmother has just died. Eight years old, she is largely left to her own devices, exploring the forest behind the house as her parents set about packing it up. There she meets another eight year-old named Marion (much like her mom), building a treehouse. The two become fast friends, and Marion invites Nelly back to her home—which turns out to be identical to her grandmother’s house. The two girls have a deep affinity, not least in their serious turn of mind. With a maturity beyond their years, Nelly and Marion recognize their meeting will be both fleeting and irrevocable, like a movie you see just once but that will stay with you always.

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Céline Sciamma

Joséphine Sanz, Gabrielle Sanz, Nina Meurisse, Stéphane Varupenne, Margot Abascal
Producer Bénédicte Couvreur
Screenwriter Céline Sciamma
Cinematographer Claire Mathon
Editor Julien Lacheray
Production Design Lionel Brison
Music Jean-Baptiste de Laubier
Production Company Lilies Films
Contact Elevation Pictures
France 2021 72 min. In French
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