Madeline's Madeline

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Madeline’s Madeline
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byJosephine Decker
Produced byKrista Parris
Elizabeth Rao
Written byJosephine Decker
Music byCaroline Shaw
CinematographyAshley Connor
Edited byHarrison Atkins
Josephine Decker
  • Forager Film Company
  • Bow and Arrow Entertainment
Distributed byOscilloscope Laboratories
Release date
  • January 22, 2018 (2018-01-22) (Sundance)
  • August 10, 2018 (2018-08-10) (United States)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$185,576[1]

Madeline’s Madeline is a 2018 drama film, written and directed by Josephine Decker. It stars Molly Parker, Miranda July and Helena Howard.

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2018. It was released on August 10, 2018, by Oscilloscope Laboratories.



Josephine Decker directed the film and wrote its screenplay. Camera work was handled by Ashley Connor, and music was composed by Caroline Shaw. The film's producers were Krista Parris and Elizabeth Rao.[3]


Madeline’s Madeline was first screened at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2018,[4] and the Berlin Film Festivals in February.[3] Oscilloscope Laboratories acquired U.S. distribution rights and announced plans for a general release later in the year.[5]


Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 87% based on 93 reviews, with an average rating of 7.7/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Madeline's Madeline proves experimental cinema is alive and well — and serves as a powerful calling card for Helena Howard in her big-screen debut."[6] Metacritic gives the film a weighted average score of 76 out of 100, based on 28 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[7]

Writing in The Village Voice, Bilge Ebiri called Madeline’s Madeline "the best thing I saw at Sundance this year".[4] IndieWire reviewer David Ehrlich described the film as "one of the boldest and most invigorating American films of the 21st century".[8]


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref(s)
Gotham Awards November 26, 2018 Audience Award Madeline's Madeline Nominated [10][11]
Best Feature Madeline's Madeline Nominated
Breakthrough Actor Helena Howard Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards February 23, 2019 Best Female Lead Helena Howard Pending [12]
Best Cinematography Ashley Connor Pending
Montclair Film Festival May 6, 2018 Future/now - Special Jury Prize Helena Howard Won
Sarasota Film Festival April 14, 2018 Narrative Feature Film Competition Helena Howard Won
Berlin International Film Festival February 15, 2018 C.I.C.A.E Award Josephine Decker Nominated
Champs-Elysees Film Festival June 10, 2018 Student Jury Award-Special Mention Josephine Decker Won
Champs-Elysees Film Festival June 10, 2018 Prix du Jury Josephine Decker Nominated
Cleveland International Film Festival March 29, 2019 Best American Independent Feature Film Josephine Decker Pending
Dallas International Film Festival May 3, 2018 Narrative Feature Film Competition Josephine Decker Won


  1. ^ "Madeline's Madeline". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Madeline's Madeline (2018), retrieved 2018-12-05
  3. ^ a b Young, Deborah (February 19, 2018). "'Madeline's Madeline': Film Review, Berlin 2018". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on February 20, 2018. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Ebiri, Bilge (January 28, 2018). ""Madeline's Madeline": The Best Film I Saw at Sundance". The Village Voice. Archived from the original on January 31, 2018. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  5. ^ McNary, Dave (March 2, 2018). "Film News Roundup: Molly Parker Drama 'Madeline's Madeline' Gets Distribution". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  6. ^ "Madeline's Madeline (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  7. ^ "Madeline's Madeline Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  8. ^ Ehrlich, David (January 23, 2018). "'Madeline's Madeline' Review: Josephine Decker Has Made a Mind-Scrambling Masterpiece — Sundance 2018". IndieWire. Penske Business Media. Archived from the original on February 15, 2018. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  9. ^ Madeline's Madeline, retrieved 2018-12-05
  10. ^ Sharf, Zach (October 18, 2018). "2018 Gotham Awards Nominations: 'The Favourite' and 'First Reformed' Lead the Pack". IndieWire. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  11. ^ Mandinach, Zach (October 18, 2018). "Nominations Announced for the 28th Annual IFP Gotham Awards". Independent Filmmaker Project. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  12. ^ Erbland, Kate (November 16, 2018). "2019 Independent Spirit Awards Nominees: 'Eighth Grade' & 'We the Animals' Lead". IndieWire. Retrieved November 26, 2018.

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