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With: Helena Howard, Miranda July, Molly Parker, Okwui Okpokwasili, Julee Cerda, Sunita Mani, Felipe Bonilla, Lisa Tharps, Curtiss Cook, Reynaldo Piniella
Written by: Josephine Decker
Directed by: Josephine Decker
MPAA Rating: NR
Running Time: 93
Date: 08/10/2018

Madeline's Madeline (2018)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Spinner Theater

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Josephine Decker's Madeline's Madeline is done in a kind of hallucinatory fashion, with wandering shots and editing that jumps in and out of scenes that are either dreams or fantasies or illusions. The young star, Helena Howard, clearly has something, and hopefully she can get more strong roles in the future. She's Madeline, a troubled teen girl who is part of an after-school acting class. Her teacher (Molly Parker) encourages her to dig deeper in her exercises, mainly pretending to be animals. Her mother (Miranda July) is exasperated at her strange behavior. Things just seem to meander through a series of actors doing acting exercises until we're not sure whether or not Madeline is insane. Many have admired it, but I'm afraid it just didn't really work for me.

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