Petite Maman

Nelly has just lost her grandmother and is helping her parents clean out her mother's childhood home. She explores the house and the surrounding woods. One day she meets a girl her same age building a treehouse.

Céline Sciamma continues to prove herself as one of the most accomplished and unpredictable contemporary French filmmakers with her follow up to PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE, the uniquely emotional, PETITE MAMAN. Following the death of her beloved grandmother, 8-year-old Nelly accompanies her parents to her mother's childhood home to begin the difficult process of cleaning out its contents. As Nelly explores the house and nearby woods, she is immediately drawn to a neighbor her own age building a treehouse. What follows is a tender tale of childhood grief, memory and connection.

"'Petite Maman' is a minor miracle. It’s a modest fable, possessed of an imaginative reach that far exceeds its dimensions. Sciamma is tapping into a universal fascination that is rarely explored—that is to say, our secret wish, as children, to learn what our parents were like when they were young, and to wonder, not without trepidation, whether they were like us." - Anthony Lane (The New Yorker)

"With Petite Maman [Sciamma] proves herself a maestro of the modern fable, conjuring a treat that goes straight into my list of the greatest films ever made for children of all ages. Whether you are six or 60, this astonishingly insightful and heartbreakingly hopeful cinematic poem will pierce your heart, broaden your mind and gladden your soul, even as you wipe away tears." - Mark Kermode (The Guardian)

"Imagine if you knew your parent as a kid, the film asks, and the possibilities haunted and intrigued me long after the film was over." - Odie Henderson (


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