Petite Maman

critic Reviews

, 97% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Small in narrative scope but deeply impactful, Petite Maman is a delicate, powerfully acted meditation on grief.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Radheyan SimonpillaiNOW Toronto
    A lovely and delicate lesson on processing big emotions in tiny packages.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    This is an ethereal film that works better on an emotional level than it does a literal level; it's a film that feels, so let yourself feel it, too. That's the real stuff.
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    Jenny NulfAustin Chronicle
    Petite Maman is a fine balance of heartache and whimsy.
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    Michael O'SullivanWashington Post
    “Petite Maman” is what every film should be: powerfully, even arrestingly original; grounded in emotional truth; hyper-specific; deeply universal; strange; mesmerizing; and not a minute longer than necessary.
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    David StrattonThe Australian
    If ever a film was difficult to categorise it’s Celine Sciamma’s sublime Petite Maman.
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    Mark FeeneyBoston Globe
    It’s a thin line between prestidigitation and sham. Once that line is crossed, it’s awfully hard to get back.
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    Marilyn FerdinandAWFJ Women on Film
    It is sheer genius for director Celine Sciamma, who also wrote the screenplay, to level the playing field by bringing mother and daughter together as peers to talk about the things that really matter to them.
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    Jeffrey OverstreetLooking Closer
    I was vividly reminded of two very special films: Doillon’s Ponette and Sayles’s The Secret of Roan Inish. The films share some unusual strengths: In all three, we follow observant and intelligent children through territory scarred with loss and sadness.
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    Sarah WardConcrete Playground
    Now 15 years into her directorial career, Sciamma's talent for truly seeing into hearts and minds is unshakeable, unparalleled and such a lovely wonder to watch — especially when it shines as sublimely and touchingly as it does here.
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    John SerbaDecider
    ... Acknowledges the pain we feel in the wake of death, a universal notion, and renders it profoundly empathetic in its detail and specificity, and its implications about generational femininity.
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