Joséphine and Gabrielle Sanz in Petite Maman. Photograph: Lilies Films C éline Sciamma ’s beautiful fairytale reverie is occasioned by the dual mysteries of memory and the future: simple, elegant and very moving.Is petite Maman the greatest film ever made for children?
Now with Petite Maman she proves herself a maestro of the modern fable, conjuring a U-certificate treat that goes straight into my list of the greatest films ever made for children of all ages.Who is the cinematographer of Petite Maman?
Shot in intimately natural hues by cinematographer Claire Mathon, whose recent credits include the shimmering current release Spencer, Petite Maman has a tactile, earthy quality that at times reminded me of the Dardenne brothers’ underrated oddity The Silence of Lorna, another film that slips effortlessly between potentially Grimm realities.Is petite Maman a stop-motion animation?
Like the sublime Sciamma-scripted stop-motion animation My Life as a Courgette (2016), Petite Maman is short and sweet, yet fearlessly profound.