Director Céline Sciamma (Portrait of A Lady on Fire, 2019) latest is a delicate, wonderfully beguiling tale about the power of memory and imagination. Following her grandmother’s death, eight-year-old Nelly (Joséphine Sanz) is helping her parents clean out her mother’s childhood home. She explores the house and the surrounding woods where her mum, used to play. After her mother suddenly leaves, Nelly befriends a girl (Gabrielle Sanz) of her own age in the woods, with whom she finds she has a remarkable amount in common.
Realised entirely from a child’s perspective and underscored with wonderfully evocative autumnal cinematography, Sciamma gently conjures a mysterious story about childhood and loss. Weaving together an enchanting and moving depiction of love and acceptance.
Director: Céline Sciamma
Cast: Joséphine Sanz, Gabrielle Sanz, Nina Meurisse
Berlin International Film Festival, 2021
Toronto International Film Festival, 2021
New York Film Festival, 2021
BFI London Film Festival, 2021
Winner, Audience Award, Céline Sciamma, San Sebastián International Film Festival 2021.
‘…Doubles and duplicates abound in Céline Sciamma’s delightful magic-realist fable.’Tara Brady, The Irish Times
‘..simple, elegant and very moving.’Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian