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527 Ratings

Madeline's Madeline

Directed by Josephine Decker
United States, 2018


Sixteen-year-old Madeline has become an active member of an experimental theatre troupe. When its ambitious director pushes Madeline to weave her rich interior world and her troubled relationship with her mother into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur.

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Madeline's Madeline Directed by Josephine Decker
It takes nothing for granted; it doesn’t record performances and deliver a story but seems to reinvent the very material of its existence . . . as it unfolds onscreen. It also heralds the arrival of a great actor, Helena Howard, who was a teen-ager when the film was made . . . it’s simply one of the most powerful, inventive, and daring performances by a teen-ager that I’ve ever seen.
January 26, 2019
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Decker’s filmmaking is so busy that one can easily get caught up in the technique and never question what it’s for. But despite introducing the major themes of mental illness and the art-making process, Madeline’s Madeline doesn’t have anything worthwhile to say about either.
August 29, 2018
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The film takes its most promising diversions through virtuoso character acting methodology through the brilliant Helena Howard. Two scenes in particular, one discussing pregnancy & the other a portrait of her mother, evoke the volcanic ashen rage inside of her that could lay waste to everything at any given second, that she constantly keeps under control in front of her mother and other authority figures.
August 10, 2018
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