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3.7
936 Ratings

Madeline's Madeline

Directed by Josephine Decker
United States, 2018
Drama

Synopsis

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 invents (especially here, though it was already present in her previous films) an entirely new formal language, to express an entirely new sort of subjectivity, here embodied in her teenaged protagonist Madeline (the utterly brilliant an remarkable Helena Howard).
June 10, 2018
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Madeline’s (and Howard’s) incredible performance, matched to a turbulent storyline and expressionist, intimate camerawork—recalling the haptic style often employed by the Harvard Sensory Lab for experiential documentaries such as Leviathan or Somniloquies—makes us question who the “real” self is, and what the real story here is. Our bewilderment as viewers is not taken for granted, but stimulated with formal elements typical of Decker’s filmography.
March 02, 2018
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