Madeline’s Madeline

Madeline’s Madeline

Madeline’s Madeline centers on Madeline (Helena Howard in a stunning debut), a teenager still living at home who has become an integral part of a prestigious experimental New York theater troupe. When the workshop’s ambitious director (Molly Parker) pushes the teenager to weave her rich interior world and troubled history with her mother (Miranda July) into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur. The resulting battle rips out of the rehearsal space and through all three women’s lives. “Rosalyn Decker’s film, the best thing I saw at Sundance this year, is built around tension and chaos: its unruly scenes emerge out of disorder, out of chants and shrieks and fractured images, and always threaten to fade back into abstraction. The focus slips; the camera drifts. Whispers and wails intrude. A simple dialogue exchange might suddenly splinter into tight-angled close-ups of a face; a shot might disintegrate into a shimmering field of red. But one senses a method in this madness. The narrative might be shattered, but the film’s slipstream of emotion is powerful and inescapable. As Madeline, the nineteen-year-old Howard—an explosively gifted performer—seizes your attention. Madeline’s Madeline is at once intoxicated by the world and deeply terrified of it.”—Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice


Additional Information

United States 2018 – DCP – 93 minutes
Director: Rosalyn Decker
Screenplay: Rosalyn Decker, Donna di Novelli
Producers: Krista Parris, Elizabeth Rao
Cast: Helena Howard, Molly Parker, Miranda July
Print Courtesy: Oscilloscope Pictures