Céline Sciamma follows Portrait of a Lady on Fire with charming and concise (just 72 minutes long) tale Petite Maman. Playing in the woods behind her recently-deceased grandmother’s house, Nelly comes across a girl her own age who, somehow, is herself an eight-year-old version of Nelly’s mum. As Steve Newall writes: “Sciamma captures the spark of her two kid leads and in an unforced way, captures their growing bond, intimacy and countdown to separation that echoes the convincing emotions of Portrait (sans adult elements, obviously)”.
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