With obvious elegance and fabulous tenderness, the master Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Woman on Fire, UEFF 2019) portrays a mother-daughter relationship with equal amounts of everyday realism as enchanting enigma. Daughter Nelly is eight years old when her grandmother passes away. When the family is cleaning out of their grandmother’s rural home, Nelly goes out into the woods with wide eyes to explore the surroundings. There she meets an unknown, but at the same time very familiar, girl of her own age. Themes such as childhood and adulthood are recurring in Sciamma’s filmography both as screenwriter (Being 17, My life as Zucchini) and director (Tomboy, Girlhood) and here too it becomes a subject that is mastered with ease. Petite Maman is a large film in small packaging that hits us right in the heart.
– Daniel Tollefsen Altamirano