French Night: Petite Maman (U)

Petite Maman (U)
Director: Céline Sciamma
Starring: Josephine Sanz, Gabrielle Sanz.
Drama Fantasy | France 2021
1 hr 12 mins | Subtitles

Nelly, an 8-year-old girl, has just lost her beloved grandmother and is helping her parents clean out her mother’s childhood home. One day, her mom abruptly leaves, and Nelly meets a girl her age as she’s building a tree house in the woods.
Céline Sciamma’s Petite Maman might at first appear dwarfed by her last title, Portrait of a Lady of Fire. But come closer – and this is a film that beckons like a forest path – and there is much that is similar. There’s the luminosity of the filmmaking – an introvert radiance made extrovert by the unshakeable assurance of Claire Mathon’s camerawork and Sciamma’s own directorial certitude. And there’s a kinship between the stories, one about romantic love, the other about a mother-daughter bond. Both are really about the beautiful tragedy of love, even when fully reciprocated: that you can never truly know anyone, however much you care for them. Portrait, more epic though it was, hinged on the tiny revelation of a finger marking a significant place in a book, and Petite Maman may yet turn out to be the page 28 in the ongoing novel of Sciamma’s career. A small and perfectly formed film.
Jessica Kiang, Sight and Sound.

Event Information

Friday 28 Oct. 6.00 pm
The Mowlem Theatre BH19 1DD
Introduced by French actor Lauren Lucas.
£7.50 / £5.50 Children and Young People (under 25s)
Watch this film with La Familie Belier at 8pm with special Double Bill ticket £14 / £10 under 25s

Tickets available from shortly.

This French film evening is also repeated on Saturday 5th November 2022 at Bridport Electric Palace.


Additional information

Additional information


FANTASY, Foreign Language, DRAMA


Mowlem Theatre