"Goodbye! Goodbye! Goodbye! With these words, Céline SciammasPetite Maman begins as eight-year-old Nelly (Jósephine Sanz) says goodbye to the residents of the nursing home where her beloved grandmother has just died. Immediately afterwards, Nelly, her father (Stéphane Varupenne) and her mother Marion (Nina Meurisse) set out to clear out her grandmother's house. But as soon as they get there, Nelly's mother disappears."
Beatrice Behn, kino-zeit.de
"At the beginning a farewell, at the end a reunion: Such a bracket Sciamma puts around her film, which promises linearity.Petite Maman undercuts it, however, and takes other paths, reports with simple as well as enchanting images of the rites de passage, celebrates transitional scenarios and autumn colors that winter will soon drive away. But only in appearance does this film lack the force that characterizes Portrait of a Young Woman on Fire.Petite Mamanhas it all. Its power only wants to be discovered in a different way, as it fables about longing and mourning, about light switches that teleport children to a tomorrow, and secrets that don't hide, but only lack a counterpart to whom they want to be told."