Madeline's Madeline

(USA/2017—directed by Josephine Decker) 

Eighteen-year-old newcomer Helena Howard makes a spectacular film debut, commanding the screen as Madeline, a brilliant and troubled New Jersey teen who becomes deeply involved with a local improvisational theater production. But when the workshop's ambitious director (Molly Parker) encourages Madeline to weave her imaginative interior world as well as her conflicted relationship with her mother (Miranda July) into their production, the already-thin line between performance and reality begins to blur.

Writer/director Josephine Decker utilizes a startling, expressionistic, occasionally experimental approach to tell Madeline’s story with rare sensitivity and insight, imbuing each character in the film with a vibrant sense of spontaneity and urgency. (94 mins.) 

“A film of radical, breathtaking beauty. The best film I saw at Sundance.”-Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice 


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