Six year old Cléo loves her nanny Gloria more than anything. When Gloria must suddenly return to Cape Verde to care for her own children, Cléo makes her promise that they will see each other very soon. Gloria invites Cléo to her island and the two must make the most of their last summer together.


With tiny, delicate brushstrokes, director Marie Amachoukeli paints an incredibly accurate and poignant picture (without any heavy-handedness) which is inspired in the simple way it singles out subtle yet incredibly crucial moments: a movement, a look, an ordinary situation which resonates inside of us.


Shot in very close proximity to the characters, this highly sensitive exposé of the various states of mind experienced by a little girl who’s discovering the world (without grasping all the issues involved) and slowly realizing that it doesn’t revolve around her, exudes a charm which is both firmly controlled and crystal clear. The film owes much of its success to its two main actresses, but it also offers up dreamlike, animated interludes, perhaps to remind us that in early childhood, the unconscious and reality come together and intertwine to form an incredibly colorful imaginary world in perpetual motion, like the Cape Verde sea.



Marie Amachoukeli


Bénédicte Couvreur


Marie Amachoukeli


Louise Mauroy-Panzani, Ilça Moreno Zego, Abnara Gomes Varela, Fredy Gomes Tavares, Arnaud Rebotini


Inès Tabarin