Madeline's Madeline

2018

Drama / Mystery / Thriller

12
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 87%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 64%
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 2511

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Molly Parker as Evangeline
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Reviewed by goonta 2 / 10

WTF

Have you ever looked at an abstract piece of art and strained to understand what the point of it was? I feel like I just suffered through some bazaar required viewing for a college art class. I stuck it out because I love thrillers (exactly how this movie qualifies a part of that genre is a mystery) and because of all the stellar reviews, but I did not have any answers by the film's end. Most importantly, I was not entertained or uplifted which are the only two reasons I watch cinema. Perhaps I'm just too shallow to understand what just happened or what the point to any of it was, but I'm typically able to appreciate 'artsy' stuff so it's more than that. No, I believe one must actually be mentally ill himself to appreciate this 'art', and it actually left me feeling as though perhaps I was cracking. The acting was superb, I think. I. Just. Didn't. Understand. It. At. All.

Reviewed by Turfseer 3 / 10

Portrait of emotionally disturbed teenager egged on by Improvisational acting class instructor proves pretentious and unfocused

If you're into indie "art" pictures, then maybe Madeline's Madeline is for you. It's one of those Sundance creations that actually garnered a very respectable critics' rating of 76 on Metacritic. For someone like me who usually likes solid historical fare, "Madeline" simply features material in which I have little to no interest.

It's a bit difficult to describe. In a nutshell, the protagonist (I'm sure you can come close to guessing this) is a 16 year old named Madeline who has emotional problems. One might surmise that she is bipolar but I'm not exactly sure of the diagnosis. She is played by newcomer Helena Howard. I had assumed that Howard was actually playing herself until I saw an interview promoting the picture on Youtube. Indeed her Madeline is strictly fictional so I suppose you can say she does a pretty good job in depicting someone who's emotionally disturbed. Nonetheless, Josephine Decker, the writer and director ensures that Madeline is an insufferable one-note character.

What the plot boils down to is this: Madeline is in constant conflict with her mother Regina (Miranda July) who has placed her in an improvisational acting class run by Evangeline (Molly Parker), who sort of becomes obsessed with the teenager and encourages her to "act out"; as a result, the acting piece she's been developing is scrapped for a new one starring Madeline, illustrating her life and relationships.

The other students in the class become resentful, including Madeline, who gets back at Evangeline by attempting to seduce her husband at a party she throws at the teacher's apartment. Evangeline's obsession with Madeline is illustrated to the extreme when their images merge, both fantasizing about burning Regina's face with a hot iron.

Is supposed it to be a character study about a pretentious, authoritarian instructor who is so narcissistic that she is unable to see that she's not helping her emotionally disturbed charge at all and possibly making her worse? Simi Horwitz, writing in the Film Journal International, asks, "Nobody asks-even thinks to ask-Evangeline what she's talking about (or what purpose it serves) when she instructs her students to 'act out metaphors' as they shape-shift into sea turtles or cats. 'Don't be a cat,' she prods Madeline. 'Be in the cat.'

Madeline's Madeline culminates in a bizarre street dance by the class which I am still trying to figure out what exactly is the point of the film's climax. Again, if you like weird indie "art films," this could be for you. A mainstream audience (as well as the more critical, including myself) will find little of interest here.

Reviewed by TejasNair 3 / 10

One-Line Review: Madeline's Madeline (3 Stars)

It is easier to bear, and perhaps even cure, the passive-aggressiveness of two of the central characters (induced by mental illness and its exploitation) in Joesphine Decker's drama Madeline's Madeline than it is to complete watching it. Gosh, the exasperating background score made of vocal percussion just forces me to use another line here. TN.

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