We meet 8-year-old Nelly when she learns of her grandmother’s passing. The girl not only mourns but also witnesses strong emotions tear down her entire family. Nelly’s surprising maturity combines with a childlike faith in the power of imagination, which allows a peer of hers, who seems deceptively similar to her mother, to get in her own way.
She is a screenwriter, director and one of the leading auteurs of contemporary French cinema. In 2007, persuaded by her professor Xavier Beauvois, she made her full-length debut, Water Lilies, based on a script written while still at school. Her Portrait of a Lady on Fire from 2019, which won Best Script at the Cannes Festival, is considered her greatest success so far.