Petite Maman

Petite Maman

Petite Maman

When her gran passes, an eight-year-old befriends a girl her age building a treehouse in the woods in this Golden Berlin Bear-nominated fantasy-drama from Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire).

Eight-year-old Nelly has just lost her beloved grandmother and is helping her parents clean out her mother’s childhood home. She explores the house and the surrounding woods where her mum, Marion, used to play and where she built the treehouse Nelly has heard so much about. One day her mother suddenly leaves. That is when Nelly meets a girl of her own age in the woods, building a treehouse.

2021Rating: PG72 minsFranceNeon
DramaWorld Cinema

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

The film evinces Céline Sciamma's profound knack for visual economy, communicating much with silent looks and structured absences.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

It's an understated yet transportive film that beautifully articulates the way children perceive and process loss and grief.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A superb movie - a jewel of this year's Berlin film festival.

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Variety

Variety

Audiences ought to sense that Sciamma has asked them to participate in a very personal exercise, but one that's open-ended enough for them to project themselves.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

The result is at once both the most ordinary and most enchanted thing that Sciamma has made so far, a wise and delicate wisp of a movie...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Sciamma has always shown impeccable skill at illuminating her characters by noticing the tiniest details of their behavior, and Petite Maman is a beguiling continuation of her work in its purest form.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

Like its dappled forested backdrop, the film is a thing of pensive beauty rather than volatile drama.

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