PETITE MAMAN (TIFF2021) – Review by Leslie Combemale

Celine Sciamma is the quintessence of female filmmaking. In all her films, she values emotional intelligence, and uses the female lens to examine life and universal truths through stories about women’s experiences and relationships. Her female characters are multidimensional and exist on their own terms, often apart from, or with very little influence from, the men around them. A look here, the touch of a hand there, cooperation in a task together, a verbal exchange where a secret is shared or somehow reveals a character’s fears and hopes, these are her building blocks. With Petite Maman she creates an immersive experience, and one in which most women will see themselves in some way.

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PETITE MAMAN (Berlinale 2021) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Speculation has been running high since Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire about where the French filmmaker would go from there; what, precisely, can one do to top something so immaculately crafted, perfectly structured, and which carried the impact of a sledgehammer to even the most unmovable hearts? With its world premiere at the 2021 Berlinale, Petite Maman provides a satisfying answer.

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