Madeline's Madeline

“ Lyrical, erotic, and urgent, Decker’s inventive style caused The New Yorker’s Richard Brody to compare her to Terence Malick and Wes Anderson (in one breath — no less).”

— Indiewire

An illuminating, expressive look at crossing the lines of art and life.”

— The Film Stage

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“No one on Earth is making movies as energized, electric, and unapologetically delirious as Josephine Decker.”

— Filmmaker Magazine

“A hidden gem of the indie world.”

— Paper

 

 

Madeline got the part! She’s going to play the lead in a theater piece! Except the lead wears sweatpants like Madeline’s. And has a cat like Madeline’s. And is holding a steaming hot iron next to her mother’s face – like Madeline is.

Madeline (newcomer Helena Howard) has become an integral part of a prestigious physical 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 between imagination and appropriation spirals out of the rehearsal space and rips through all three women’s lives.