Petit Maman (2021)
Petit Maman (2021)
Petite Maman (2021) Céline Sciamma

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Petite Maman

Céline Sciamma | France | 2021 | PG

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Wed 14 Sep 2022

A simple yet moving tale of a young girl who, while helping clean out her recently deceased grandmother’s house, meets her mother’s younger self in the surrounding woods. Conceived during the making of Portrait of a Lady on Fire and filmed during the second COVID-19 lockdown with twin sisters Joséphine and Gabrielle Sanz – impeccable as the young mother and daughter – Sciamma’s latest feature is strikingly minimal. Yet this minimalism doesn’t lessen the emotional impact, showcasing Sciamma’s refined talent for using cinema’s full breadth to craft a beautifully poignant portrait of kinship, grief and healing.

Format: DCP
Language: French with English Subtitles
Source: Madman
Runtime: 73 mins

Event duration

73 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

Oscillating Wildly: Céline Sciamma's Inclusive Cinema

Although many only discovered the cinema of Céline Sciamma (1978–) with the international release of the extraordinary ‘two-hander’ Portrait of a Lady on Fire, she had already forged a remarkably productive career as a filmmaker, screenwriter and activist (she was a founder of Le Collectif 50/50, for example). Completing a Masters in French literature and attending France’s most prestigious film school, Le Fémis, Sciamma helmed her first feature, Water Lilies, in 2007.

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