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, Marion, used to play and built the treehouse she's heard so much about.
One day, her mother abruptly leaves. That's when Nelly meets a girl her own age in the woods building a treehouse – her name is Marion.
Director Céline Sciamma's follow-up to the masterful modern classic Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Petite Maman is a beautiful story which shows that love, loss, family and friendship can be interconnected in myriad ways.
Read a feature review from this year's BFI Film Festival by Reel Steel.
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