Petite Maman (2021)
November 14, 2022 4:53 PM - Subscribe

[TRAILER] 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.

Starring Joséphine Sanz, Gabrielle Sanz, Nina Meurisse, Stéphane Varupenne, Margot Abascal.

A French film, in French. Written and directed by Céline Sciamma.

97% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Currently streaming in the US on Hulu. Also available for digital rental on multiple outlets. JustWatch listing.

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posted by DirtyOldTown (4 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
This is not only lovely, it's 72 minutes long. I love short movies.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:53 PM on November 14, 2022 [2 favorites]

Céline Sciamma endeavors to ruin every other movie because no other movies are as good as the ones she makes.

It's good that this is short because considering I started crying the minute it started and basically didn't stop until it ended (and a little bit after that), I think I would've been dehydrated.

It's so beautiful and wonderful and magical. I need to watch this again.
posted by edencosmic at 6:42 PM on November 14, 2022 [5 favorites]

What a sweet movie, in a low key way. I like how it is always veering away from drama so that it can be just sincere and pure. A little too much so to feel real, to me, but it's beautiful anyway. I really love the little noir scenes the kids play out.
posted by fleacircus at 9:58 PM on November 21, 2022

Oh I did also like how at the end of the credits they do show a smoking fox drawing. You can't just mention a smoking fox drawing and not show it!
posted by fleacircus at 2:40 PM on November 24, 2022

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