Petite Maman

Petite Maman

Original Name: Petite Maman
English Name: Petite Maman
Year: 2021
Run Time: 73 Min
Language: French
Type (Colour/ Black & White): Colour
Country: France
Director: Céline Sciamma
Producer: Bénédicte Couvreur
Cast: Joséphine Sanz, Gabrielle Sanz, Nina Meurisse, Stéphane Varupenne, Margo Abascal
Screenplay: Céline Sciamma
Cinematographer: Claire Mathon
Editor: Julien Lacheray
Sound Designer: Valérie de Loof
Music Composer: Jean-Baptiste de Laubier
Costume Designer: Céline Sciamma
Production Designer: Lionel Brison
Production Company: Lilies Films
World Sales: MUBI


  • Berlin IFF 2021
  • Toronto IFF 2021
  • San Sebastián IFF 2021
  • BFI London FF 2021
  • Palm Springs IFF 2022

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2019 Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • 2014 Girlhood
  • 2011 Tomboy
  • 2007 Water Lilies

Director’s Biography:

Céline Sciamma

Céline Sciamma studied French literature at Paris Nanterre University and then screenwriting at the film school La Fémis. Her debut feature film, Water Lilies, premiered at Cannes in 2007; her second, Tomboy, opened the 2011 Berlinale Panorama and won the Teddy Award. Girlhood screened in the Quinzaine des réalisateurs at Cannes and won numerous international awards. Portrait of a Lady on Fire, her fourth feature film for which she also wrote the screenplay, premiered in competition at Cannes and again won numerous prizes, including the European Film Award for Best European Screenwriter.


8-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 mom, 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.