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Petite Maman(Petite maman)

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France
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2021

1h 12m

Director Céline Sciamma
Starring Joséphine Sanz, Gabrielle Sanz, Nina Meurisse, Stéphane Varupenne
Genre Drama, Family, Fantasy
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After losing her grandmother, a young girl named Nelly helps her mother clean out her grandmother's house. When Nelly ventures into the woods around the house, she meets a girl her own age, and they begin to build a treehouse and start a remarkable friendship.

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Marina Dalarossa Profile picture for Marina Dalarossa

At 72 minutes, Sciamma's latest film is sparse and delicate, but fully realized. Though it could have been gimmicky, the premise turns out to be simple and surprisingly straightforward, with Sciamma putting the focus on mother-daughter relationships above all else, making the film that much more magical and beautiful.

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Its achievement lies in the space it creates for these children to open up a dialogue they rarely get to have – one that inevitably asks more questions, but that welcomes them as mature thinkers, keen to understand more about those raising them and the conditions in which they are being raised
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TheWrap by Alonso Duralde

It’s particularly resonant, packed with emotion and insight that will move the director’s admirers (who should consider watching it alongside their own children) and probably garner her some new ones.
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IndieWire by David Ehrlich

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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The Film Stage by Orla Smith

Petite Maman is, amongst other things, a beautiful ode to mother-daughter love and a melancholy acknowledgment of the distance that always exists in that relationship, when both parties are separated by age and responsibility.
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Slant Magazine by Pat Brown

The film evinces Céline Sciamma’s profound knack for visual economy, communicating much with silent looks and structured absences.
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The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

Céline Sciamma’s beautiful fairytale reverie is occasioned by the dual mysteries of memory and the future: simple, elegant and very moving.
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Variety by Peter Debruge

In their children, parents often see reflections of the kids they once were. But daughters can’t access those same memories without a little magic. And that’s just what Petite Maman delivers: the spell that makes such a reunion possible, if only in our imaginations.

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