• Director

    Marie Amachoukeli

  • With

    Louise Mauroy-Panzani, Ilça Moreno

  • France 2023. 84min

  • Digital

  • Certificate

    12A

  • English subtitles

  • A BFI release

Six year old Cléo spends a final summer with her beloved nanny Gloria, in this profoundly moving story of chosen family, duty and innocence lost. Marie Amachoukeli’s solo-directorial debut grabs its audience tightly by the hand, transporting us back to a child’s world of innocence and turmoil. Six year old Cléo is devastated when the nanny she is devoted to returns to Cape Verde. Granted one last summer in the magical world she has built with Gloria, Cléo leaves her family in Paris to stay with her nanny and the children she has long been separated from. Newcomer Mauroy-Panzani’s portrayal of the envy, humour, delight and darkness contained within Cléo is dazzling, as she discovers there is a world which no longer revolves around her. Heartbreaking and heartwarming in equal measure, this coming-of-age tale uses imaginative animation and intimate camerawork to explore questions of class, culture and race with childlike wonder.

Ruby McGuigan, Programme and Acquisitions

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