Petite Maman

Petite Maman

Date & Time

Friday, May 27 (View All Dates)
7:00 pm

Location

City Cinema, 64 King St, Charlottetown

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PG. Dir: Céline Sciamma, France, 2022, 72 min. Joséphine Sanz, Gabrielle Sanz, Nina Meurisse. In French with English subtitles

“The death of a grandmother, the grief of a parent, the acquisition of a new friend; these ordinary experiences, occurring over a few weeks in the life of an 8-year-old girl, provide the basic narrative structure of this spare, perfect film.” —The New York Times 

“Céline Sciamma is at the point of her career when directors often seek to make grand cine-landmarks. With Petite Maman, Sciamma does something like that, just in perfect miniature… We begin with a goodbye, eight-year-old Nelly sad at the death of her grandmother, joining her mother to clear the older woman’s house… Being young is evoked with such arc-light clarity as to pause the breath… Her mother soon vanishes. Instead, the film turns to Nelly and another girl her own age, met playing in woodland. A friendship takes root, in the half-haphazard way of children… There are fun afternoons of badly tossed crêpes, make-believe, ‘music from the future’. Thus far it would add up to something sweet and meticulous. But then a revelation – a mind-bender that Sciamma simply, gracefully sets down in the centre of the story. Is the film a shivery gothic? Sci-fi? A fairytale? A little of each and entirely itself, a brief masterpiece of parents and childhood, past and future. With 72 minutes up, roll credits. When a film is this flawless, stop there.” —Danny Leigh, The Financial Times