From director Céline Sciamma (PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE) comes a most magical and intimate portrait of childhood and motherhood. 8-year-old Nelly is spending time at her recently deceased grandmother’s house while her mother and father clean out the home. While her parents set about packing, Nelly explores the surrounding woods.
While searching for her mother’s childhood fort, she encounters Marion, a girl her age with a striking resemblance. The two quickly become friends, they build a fort, make pancakes, and share about their lives. As their bond deepens, the past and the present merge revealing intergenerational insights and intimacies.
Told entirely from the perspective of young Nelly and Marion, Sciamma immerses us in a child’s eye view. In that process she captures the wonder and imagination of childhood with an honesty that is captivating. Sciamma’s most personal film yet, PETIT MAMAN is a tender and beautiful film.