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Petite Maman (U)

15 October

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Key

  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly

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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) 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.

Spellbinding… what a superb movie. ★★★★★

The Guardian

London Film Festival screening

This screening is part of BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express. Information on the rest of the LFF screenings at GFT is available here.

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  • Director Céline Sciamma
  • Cast Joséphine Sanz, Gabrielle Sanz, Nina Meurisse
  • Country France
  • Year of Production 2021
  • Language French with English subtitles
  • Running Time 1h12m
  • Certificate U

All Monday to Friday shows before 5pm have capacity capped at 50% (unless otherwise stated). All other screenings have full unlimited seating capacity (unless otherwise stated).

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