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Petite Maman + Recorded intro

In this radiant tale, Céline Sciamma crafts a mysterious and delicate exploration of childhood and grief.

Following her grandmother’s death, eight-year-old Nelly travels to the old woman’s home to help her parents pack everything up.

After her mother unexpectedly leaves, Nelly befriends a little girl in a nearby forest – an encounter that reveals a strange and beguiling new world. You don’t want to know too much about Petite Maman in advance to fully appreciate its quiet yet powerful magic. Tightly packed into its brief running time and realised entirely at a child’s perspective, Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire, LFF 2019) draws inspiration from the fantastical world of Hayao Miyazaki to explore the theme of the Mother and the complexity of growing-up. Evocative autumnal cinematography (thanks to director of photography extraordinaire Claire Mathon), understated mise-en-scène and pitch-perfect performances from its young cast drive this deeply imaginative and tender film.

Onsale Dates:
HOME Friends: Fri 17 Sep 12pm
HOME Members: Sat 18 Sep 12pm
General Sale: Mon 20 Sep 12pm

After this screening as part of BFI London Film Festival 2021 Petite Maman will be on general release at HOME from Fri 19 Nov

Event details

This special preview screening will be preceded by a recorded introduction from director Céline Sciamma.