Maja lapsuuden reunalla (2022) – Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy

Kasarmikatu 46-48, 00130 Helsinki
Savoy Theatre

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (HIFF 2019) director Céline Sciamma returns with a much smaller-scale but no less affecting film. Young Nelly (Joséphine Sanz), whose beloved grandmother has just passed away, is helping her parents (Nina Meurisse and Stéphane Varupenne) clean out the now-empty home where her mother grew up. Nelly is close to both of her parents, but is especially concerned about her mother. She longs to have one more day to spend with her grandmother. One day, in the woods, she meets a girl named Marion (Gabrielle Sanz), and the two forge a friendship that might be the fulfillment of her fears and wishes. Petite Maman is a pithy, gemlike film, clocking in at only 72 minutes and as pristine and poignant a reflection on the bonds that tie us to one another across time and generations as one can imagine.

Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

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. It is, in short, a small wonder.

Michael O’Sullivan, Washington Post

Theme: Dreams Never Age
Country: France
Director: Céline Sciamma
Screenplay: Céline Sciamma
Starring: Joséphine Sanz, Gabrielle Sanz, Nina Meurisse, Stéphane Varupenne
Production: Bénédicte Couvreur / Lilles Films
Duration: 73 min
Age limit: K7

Orig. title: Petite maman
Language: French
Subtitles: Swedish, Finnish
Distribution: Cinemanse
Cinematography: Claire Mathon
Editing: Julien Lacheray
Music: Jean-Baptiste de Laubier
Production design: Lionel Brison
Costume design: Céline Sciamma