Film review – Petite maman (2021)

Petite maman

French writer/director Céline Sciamma just might prove to be one of the greatest filmmakers of her generation. From Water Lilies (2007) to Tomboy (2011) to Girlhood (2014) to her most successful film to date, Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019), Sciamma has established herself as a major cinematic voice with her films about the experiences of girls and women. Her latest film, Petite maman, is a much smaller film than Portrait of a Lady on Fire – a historical romantic drama about two women in the late 18th century – to instead look at the inner world of two 8-year-olds girls who meet in the woods one day. However, what makes the friendship between the girls so unique is that one day one will become the mother to the other one, who has somehow travelled back in time by over two decades.

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