Petite Maman

Director: CĂ©line Sciamma
Year Released: 2021
Rating: 2.0

Immediately after her grandmother passes away, Nelly (Joséphine Sanz) spends time with her mother (Nina Meurisse) and father (Stéphane Varupenne) clearing out her house, revisiting old memories and spending time with a neighbor named Marion (Gabrielle Sanz), who's about her age and needs an operation.  While the girls are cute and it does try to evoke the anxiety of youth (and fears about the future), it's very slight and lacking in complexity, unless you consider role playing, building a "hut" with sticks and attempting to make crêpes tasks worthy of artistic merit (in which case there's most likely a recess going on right now that requires a film crew).  While watching, I wondered if Sciamma was unconsciously (or consciously?) making a spiritual prequel to a certain Jacques Rivette arthouse staple ...after all, at one point Nelly and Marion do go boating....