Madeline's Madeline

Madeline's Madeline

Josephine Decker (2018)

93min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
In this US indie offering, a teenage girl with previous mental health issues finds an empowering new pathway in the world of improv theatre, but has to navigate between an over-protective mum and a director with her own agenda. The setting will understandably seem a mite pretentious to some, but it's a good fit for the story of a youthful protagonist seeking her place in the world, played with a knockout blend of charisma and vulnerability by star-in-the-making Helena Howard. With this third feature, director Josephine Decker also puts herself down as a name to watch, since she finds a fresh take on film language to place us inside Howard's mentally fragile perspective. It takes time to adjust to the film's wavelength, but patience really pays off in a finale which brings drama, dance and music together to quite exhilarating effect. Kudos, too, for fine performances from anxious parent Miranda July and an outstanding Molly Parker as the theatre director with questionable motives in mining mental health issues for the sake of art. An invigorating original.

Cast & Crew

Evangeline Molly Parker
Regina Miranda July
Madeline Helena Howard
George Curtiss Cook
Nurse KK Okwui Okpokwasili
Director Josephine Decker
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: MUBIGuidance: SwearingReleased on: 10 May 2019