Driving Madeleine

December 11, 2023 2:00 PM

Madeleine, a 92-year-old lady living in Paris, calls a taxi to reach the retirement home where she must now live. She asks Charles, a somewhat disillusioned driver, to go through the places that have mattered in her life, to see them one last time. Gradually, along the streets of Paris, an extraordinary history emerges, and Charles discovers the overwhelming past of the nonagenarian.

A seemingly simple taxi ride across Paris evolves into a profound meditation on the realities of the driver Charles (Dany Boon), whose personal life is in shambles, and his fare, an elderly woman (Line Renault) whose warmth belies her shocking past. Charles is slowly lured in by her warm charm and directness, fascinated by the stories she wants to tell. Their ride takes them through the momentous locations of her life and we discover that she has had a shocking and very dramatic journey indeed. Their short friendship is sure to have a lasting impact as Madeleine listens to Charles confess his own worries, all of which she absorbs with candor and clarifying humor. Driving Madeleine is a beautiful film that shows the connection that humans from different walks of life can experience and share. Moving, profound and touching, it is a real treasure of a movie. Robert Monk/Flickering Myth

Christian Carion’s Driving Madeleine is a humane, life-affirming film. It’s not sentimental though it may make your tears flow. Underneath, it’s a scathing comment on changing attitudes over the decades to domestic violence. It’s a gem. Alexa Dalby/Dog and Wolf.

Proceeds to Hamilton Out of the Cold

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