Petite Maman

Céline Sciamma continues to prove herself as one of the most accomplished and unpredictable contemporary French filmmakers with her follow up to PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE, the uniquely emotional, PETITE MAMAN. Following the death of her beloved grandmother, 8-year-old Nelly accompanies her parents to her mother’s childhood home to begin the difficult process of cleaning out its contents. As Nelly explores the house and nearby woods, she is immediately drawn to a neighbor her ownage building a treehouse. What follows is a tender tale of childhood grief, memory and connection.

“A lovely and delicate lesson on processing big emotions in tiny packages.” (NOW Toronto)

““Petite Maman” is what every film should be: powerfully, even arrestingly original; grounded in emotional truth; hyper-specific; deeply universal; strange; mesmerizing; and not a minute longer than necessary.” (Washington Post)

“It’s a perfect creation in miniature, one that doesn’t have a wasted frame but that also never feels like it’s in a rush.” (New York Magazine / Vulture)

“Sciamma is weaving a spell here, so pure in its emotional resonance that it breaks your heart even as it heals wounds.” (Rolling Stone)

Sunday, June 26
Doors 4:00 pm | Movie 4:20 pm
Advance tickets HERE

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PETITE MAMAN (Céline Sciamma, 2021 / 72 mins / G / In French with English subs) 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.

Eight-year-old Nelly has just lost her beloved grandmother and is helping her parents clean out her mother's childhood home. She explores the house and the surrounding woods where her mother used to play and where she built the fort Nelly has heard so much about. One day, her mother suddenly leaves, and Nelly meets a girl of her own age in the woods, building a fort.

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