Madeline's Madeline

Madeline's Madeline
  • 2018
  • US
  • 15
  • Directed by: Josephine Decker
  • Cast: Helena Howard, Molly Parker, Miranda July

Madeline (Howard) is a vulnerable teenager caught between her downtrodden mom Regina (July) and her seemingly sympathetic acting coach Evangeline (Parker), who mines Madeline’s life for the work of their drama group. Decker uses absurdist imagery to explore Madeline’s overwhelmed take on the world; gutsy performances from Howard, July and Parker help make it terrifically satisfying.

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Madeline's Madeline

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Josephine Decker on Madeline's Madeline: 'I was curious about what it means when you flow between reality and a performance'

9 May 2019

The film's writer and director discusses making responsible art and the blurred line between fictional and authentic selves

'What you are about to see is a metaphor,' a woman says into the camera at the opening of Madeline's Madeline. With that reassurance, the audience dives into its teenage protagonist, Madeline's conscious in one of the most visually striking films in…

Madeline's Madeline

6 May 20195 stars

Beautifully realised deep dive into the mind of a vulnerable teen, from director Josephine Decker

Mothering and mental illness combine to smothering effect in Josephine Decker's deep dive into the mind of a vulnerable 16-year-old, strikingly played by newcomer Helena Howard. Evocatively shot by Ashley Connor (The Miseducation of Cameron Post), it…

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